SINGLE REVIEW: Brave The Moment – Nothing But the Remnants of Our Divide – ANOTHER
- By Colin Stewart
Artist: Brave The Moment
Title: Nothing But the Remnants of Our Divide
Genre: Melodic Tech Metal
Record Label: ANOTHER
Release Date: 26th March 2012
This is the debut single from UK-based progressive metal band Brave The Moment with a full length album due for release at some point this summer via the ANOTHER label. Taking their cues from other such luminaries as Protest the Hero as well as some of the more progressive elements of metalcore bands such as Unearth, these boys have managed to create a surprisingly cohesive sound that is reminiscent of some other bands in the same vein but whilst maintaining their own personality.
Opener ‘Nothing But The Remnants of Our Divide’ tells of the dissolution of several of the members’ previous band, Our Divide, and sets the scene for the remainder of the record. The band certainly has a lot of ideas and they rifle through them at pace. Metalcore influences such as Darkest Hour are fairly obvious but the band keeps you guessing with every twist and turn and the musicianship is certainly impressive, at times recalling the technicality of Protest the Hero.
‘Being Human’ is more of a straight forward metalcore track than its predecessor and we get our first glimpse of clean vocals from singer Jake Smith whos vocals throughout do not disappoint. Some more melodic influences also let themselves be known in this track but without sacrificing any of the heaviness that by now has become expected.
‘Your Defeat is Imminent’ kicks into gear with more a Black Dahlia Murder deathcore style but once again the band chooses not to stick with any one idea for long and the chorus is surprisingly catchy.
Over all, this is certainly an impressive debut from a band which is sure to be at the forefront of the British metal scene in years to come. The only slight misgiving I have about the single is the lack of repeating parts which on a longer format might cause the listener difficulty in terms of really getting in to the record. It’s as if the band has too many ideas and perhaps wanted to showcase this on the single to show the range that they can cover. Having said this, it is certainly preferable to have too many ideas than too few.