Generally speaking with many forms of metal, the clean vocal/scream vocal sounds formulaic and predictable. Adding a clean vocal in the mix (particularly the chorus) feels too safe, like the band wants there to be some pop appeal to crossover to a wider audience. To add to the corniness there’s occasionally the whiny clean vocals with, “I wear my heart on my sleeve feel sorry for me” lyrics. This isn’t always the case though, Refused did this excellently back in their prime, and some modern bands do it justice as well, bands like letlive., Dillinger Escape Plan, and more of course. And I’m also happy to report that Koshiro does this pretty well.
It’s not exactly the most original sound but that doesn’t take away from this solid EP either. There’s the blast beats, the aforementioned verse-screamed, chorus-sung song structures; there’s even the “we’re metal so let’s cover a pop song” song, which I’ve never really fully understood why bands do, but it’s best if I don’t dwell on the Chandelier cover because not only is it pretty terrible, but it’s only a bonus track so it’s not that important.
In fact, the major thing that makes this band less original is the vocals resembling Mike Patton, but this isn’t bad, the similarity is a very good thing. It adds personality to this vocalist in a way that most bands in this style tend not to have. These tracks are heavy for sure, but they’re fairly melodic too, but they’re not melodic in the way that these hooks will stick in your head, but this band isn’t about that. They have ability, but this ability doesn’t translate to technically crafted songs. These songs are anthems, fairly well written anthems as well, no glaringly obvious corny lyricism.
The screamed vocals are quite hardcore influenced, which can give verses a punk feel to them which is what I think makes the songs sound more like anthems than the average metalcore song. Perhaps more experimentation would give these guys a unique edge, go in the mathcore direction and they would excel. Less emphasis on the soaring choruses (which are done well, however), the breakdowns and more focus on new ideas and how they can switch up their sound more. But a solid EP nevertheless.
You can listen to Necromancer below.