VANISH sound familiar. Very familiar. Channelling the sugar-rush of Pierce The Veil’s sweeter moments on this EP’s soaring, galloping title track, they give another subtle nod towards the San Diego trailblazers on the orchestral highlights of ‘Only In My Head’. And that’s before you’ve even got to Patrick Hamilton’s searing vocals on the apocalyptic, metal-tinged ‘Heaven Sent // Hell Bound’ – echoing a certain Vic Fuentes.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. It’s great to hear bands coming through who grew up on turn of the century metalcore and aren’t afraid of showing that.
The fact that these songs rise well above the copycats and also-rans based on quality alone doesn’t hurt, either. They’re beefy, dramatic and emotional, and while lyrically they sometimes falter (“The devil on your shoulder” and “It’s all in your head” are amongst the done-to-death platitudes on show here), this is an exciting, modernised take on a scene that took over the world for a second there.
It may rely on Pierce The Veil’s crib sheet a little too much for some, but if you’re going to take your cues from anyone, you do it from the best. And that’s exactly what VANISH have done here.