Of course the first album review was going to be Aussie Metalcore.
The best thing about taking a holiday in Australia for me is catching up on all the metal acts I’ve been missing out on. Now I can’t remember if it was Short. Fast. Loud (punk, emo, hardcore and similar) or The Racket (more heavy metal) program on Triple J, but on one of them during a drive home from a friend’s house I heard a track off Polaris’ The Mortal Coil.
I then spent the next half an hour repeating the name in my head until I could get in doors to some WiFi. After a couple of listens while cruising the streets of Western Australia I was hooked, Aussie metalcore wins again.
I’m finding it really hard to pick out just three tracks from The Mortal Coil as everything is different and amazing in its own way. But as a general overview, Polaris’ sound on this record is a melodic variant of metalcore with heavy influences of Djent and just a touch of a Prog sound to add an interesting mixture.
Lyrically the album is emotion fuelled, as is most in this genre, and has a great mix of scream and clean vocals. Polaris can bring the noise and get your heads banging just as easily as they can bring on the feels, that is the power they hold and they wield it well.
It seems every February, I find some sweet sounding Aussie band that manages to blow me away with their epic sounds, last year it was Ocean Grove with The Rhapsody Tapes, now we have Polaris and their first studio album, The Mortal Coil.
One of the things that impresses me the most is the group has only been around for 6 years, yet they play like a bunch of grizzled veterans on their 12th album, not their debut full length.
Polaris has set the initial bar pretty bloody high, but I have faith that the Sydney siders will easily follow The Mortal Coil up with something equally, if not better in the near future, I say this after hearing the raw talent on offer here and I can't wait... just spewing I missed them open for Parkway Drive last month in Perth, that would have been epic.