|Album Rating: A|
Despite the lofty paragraph above, Desolate Peaks does not reinvent the wheel, nor does it try. It exists in a place where bloggers and critics don't exist, where genre tags aren't the judge of content. Instead, the album exists on its own terms. It's a perfectly produced slice of hardcore that contains more passion than that of half the band's nameless and faceless peers. While not expressly melodic, the album does have a lot of melodic instrumentation. Screams are higher pitched and agonized, somewhat in the vein of Ampere. However, instrumentation has more in common with early 2000's screamo. The kind that focused more on atmosphere rather than choas. It's a wonderful mixture, and it goes a long way in giving the album a sound all its own.
One could drone on and one as too why this album is a clear winner, but that would be beyond the point. Albums like Desolate Peaks are they kind that need to be heard, not read about. So do yourself a favor and get one of this year's most incredible hardcore releases.
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