Oh look, another bunch of tattooed American dudes playing scorching, wreck-your-neck metalcore.
Why should you care? Well, Villain Of The Story throw in more atmospheric undertones and electronic curveballs than most, for one thing, walking a tightrope between barnstorming melody (the heart-stopping drama of ‘Powerless’) and flat-out brutality (‘A Message For Mr. Rascal’).
The results occasionally grate, as on the irritatingly gimmicky ‘Dragon Sickness’, but hammer all sorts of emotional buttons when vocalists/stepbrothers Logan Bartholomew and Christian Grey lock in for a blockbuster chorus.
There’s an impressive sense of scope, vision and unremitting passion here, making ‘Wrapped…’ a promising debut