Firmly putting Vietnam on the Metal map.
When you think of Metalcore bands and where they come from, you’d almost always automatically think of the US, UK, maybe Australia, and your home country - because you know your local scene. Well, today I want you to think of Vietnam, since that’s where our band is from and they totally deserve your attention. WINDRUNNER formed back in early 2015 and have released a totally kick arse EP called VUI, but now it’s time to really show the world what they’re made of, with their debut album MAI, which is out today and I’ve been privileged enough to get early access to.
If you don’t understand any Vietnamese at all, you’ll have no problem here as vocalist Duong Bui sings in near perfect English and has an amazingly powerful voice that shines through in both clean and unclean styles. Guitarists Trung Tôn and Nam Dao excel in their craft delivering brilliant sounds on all the tracks. Híu Nt and David Hudd round off the 5 piece and are no slouches themselves on the bass and drums respectively.
It’s hard to choose a favourite 3 or 4 tracks off MAI as the record as a whole is just on another level. WINDRUNNER have perfected their sound of Melodic Metalcore and infused it with traditional oriental instruments which completely blew my mind; it’s something I’d never heard of before and was completely unexpected, and worked so well.
I know I say this about a lot of records, but MAI really is a strong contender for my 'Best Albums Of The Year', it’s a great debut from a band that is only 3 years old and it really excites me as to where they can go from here. They mainly tour through Asia at the moment, but I’m hoping the strength of MAI will open up new regions to them soon.
Final point: WINDRUNNER's MAI is must hear for Metalcore fans and for people who like their music a little different.