Stoke-On-Trent based alt-metallers Alter Eden have set themselves a pretty lofty goal since forming as a band. According to their Facebook page, their intention is to release new material every week and constantly provide new music for free. That would be a pretty tall order for anyone, even the most prolific grindcore outfit releasing ten second songs would struggle to keep that up for long. When your music is as intricate, mature and self-assured as this however, it’s amazing they all haven’t burned out already.
Taking their cues from established acts like Muse, Deftones and Tool, the ‘Fearless’ EP is six tracks of lush melodies, off-kilter riffing and harmonious singing. They’re probably not heavy enough to ever support bands like Kreator or Slayer, but they would go down a storm sharing stages with any of their idols or even lighter fare like Biffy Clyro.
The opening ‘Let’s Be Fearless’ kicks things off impressively with a warmly emotive vocal performance from frontman Nick Pilgrim and some swirling, kaleidoscopic guitar work. They’re clearly happy to experiment and while metal is the key ingredient, there’s also elements of Indie, prog and even emo mixed in. This is followed nicely by the anguished roar of ‘All Hail The King’ and the more tripped out ‘Crosses,’ which would be a nice accompaniment to slowly burning up while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
Later in the proceedings, the backing screams of ‘Fade’ recall a dozen broken-hearted Warped Tour veterans but without the overwrought melodrama and terrible tattoos, while riffs start and stutter as if they’d just been beamed in from a mathcore album. They’re also very good at making the whole thing sound grandiose and important, the closing ‘Scream At The Sky’ having a sweeping epic feel that ends this on a high note. It’s all an impressive feat for a relatively new band and there’s enough left field moments to make this a rewarding listen. It’d be nothing short of a miracle if they get even one similar song out every seven days, but if they fail to meet their production goals their career is already off to a good start.
It’s all an impressive feat for a relatively new band and there’s enough left field moments to make this a rewarding listen.