Review: Toarn - Giant Killer
- Artist: Toarn
- Album: Giant Killer
- Release date: July 15, 2016
- Record label: Luxor Records
- Track listing:
- "Flanders Field"
- "Giant Killer"
- "I Am Not"
- "Inverted Cross"
- "Sin I Know"
- "We Declare War"
First off, I would like to thank Toarn and Drummer Taylor Cory personally for sending me this release!! I'm blessed with this opportunity!
"Flanders Field" is the first track on this EP. "Flanders Field" has a very digitized intro and a keyboard playing the background. The song has a very down-tuned, slow feel to it. The digitized intro takes up about half of the song.
"Giant Killer" is a great song. It has a killer music video to it! I mean that literally. In the video... Well go watch it yourself. "Giant Killer" as a song has a very good mixture between Metalcore and Noise rock. 'Rise, rise, rise, Rise!!' shouts Vocalist. The basis of this song is the story shown in the artwork. David slaying Goliath.
"I Am Not" has a slow intro and then the song takes a quick turn. It sounds like a mix of Deathcore with a pop punk tone. Maybe I compared that wrong. The song slows down again, but to Deathcore by itself. The double bass work on this track is incredible, the riffs are amazing and the vocals are brutal!
"Inverted Cross" starts with toms, a sick riff, and the vocals going crazy! The song reminds me of Zao musically. Like Liberate era Zao. The drums and riffs take a weird turn but I think it works.
"Sin I Know" sounds similar to Extol's song "Open the Gates" musically, but not vocally. Half way through the song, the band's lead guitarist has an legit solo, which is rare among Metalcore and Deathcore bands.
"We Declare War" sounds like there is Progressive metal in addition to the Deathcore. I enjoy the slow breakdown like riffs and the drums. The riffs sound like As They Sleep's riffs to their songs.
Overall: Toarn is putting Tacoma, Washington on the map for some heavy metal! Leading the new wave of Deathcore on the west coast, alongside bands like Into the Flood, Dissimulator and From Heroes to Legends. Toarn has talented musicians as well as some great freaking music! Luxor has some legitimate bands and albums, and this one will absolutely be one of those! On both ends.
Sounds Like: Zao, Ovid's Withering, Death Requisite, As They Sleep
- Michael Roberts - Vocals
- Kyle Notan - Guitar
- Justin Wanless - Guitar
- James Kolstedt - Bass
- Taylor Cort - Drums
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