Written by: Jeremy Moore
Vanish - From Sheep to Wolves
Released: July 21, 2017 on Outerloop Records
FFO: Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, Woe is Me
The opening and title track of this diamond in the rough, “From Sheep to Wolves” is an edgy and refreshing take on a genre that has over the last few years lost a lot of steam. With an almost immediately recognizable parallel to post hardcore heavyweights like Pierce the Veil and the early releases of Sleeping With Sirens; the band transitions nicely into a rollercoaster of operatic style that blends the stage with stereo.
Moving with unique fluidity, this EP has a mastery of arrangement that is rarely seen from artists this young. Its only downfall is that the six songs so artfully chosen are only an appetizer for lovers of this style. Moving in and out of melodic verses and uncharacteristically heavy breakdowns, every track is a chapter in a quickly unfolding story. “Only in My Head” is an upbeat retrospective into a familiar tale of love and loss, followed up by its counterpart in the middle point of the record, “Heaven Sent // Hellbound”.
The thing i loved most about this album is it's versatile use of piano and classical strings. Although these instruments are not uncommon for the genre, the proficiency and placement in the composition is something to be admired. This isn't the first time Outerloop Records has drafted chart topping talent, with former artists ranging from Ice Nine Kills to Jason Lancaster (formerly of Mayday Parade).
This album deserves any listener's undivided attention for its full 27 minute run time. Their raw potential and creativity are breathing life back into a genre whose fans have been waiting more than patiently for.
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01. From Sheep To Wolves
02. Only In My Head
03. Heaven Sent // Hell Bound
04. Stromalong Harbor
06. Paper House