Technical proficiency is one thing. Combining it with melody and the small matter of actual songs is another.
Which is precisely why Exeter quartet Napoleon’s debut album succeeds where many similarly skilled bands fail. Guitarist Sam Osborn can play like a man possessed, but his fretboard mastery augments rather than stifles ex-Climates singer Wes Thompson’s vocals.
There’s some really compelling stuff going on here, no more so than the relative chill of ‘Maps’, the blistering, six-minute showcase of ‘Brought Here To Suffer’ or the atmospheric ‘Utopia’. This is the sound of a band nailing their dynamic.
We also catch up with Napoleon in our new issue. You can get it here...