I Prevail is a band I only really know of by name, mainly because when I first heard about them, the words “Pop Punk” where in their genre description, admittedly along with Metalcore and Post Hardcore, but I am instantly suspicious of Pop in any shape or form. But after coming across ‘Bow Down’ on the “Top of the Core” playlist on Spotify, I changed my tune a bit.
‘Bow Down’ is a track that instantly fills you with dread, the opening instrumental sounds like a thriller movie’s score during a tense scene, and when the band really gets going you feel something down inside you rise up.
The guitars sound amazing on 'Bow Down', and really help the track get under your skin a bit, but it is the amazing duo of Brian Burkheiser (clean) and Eric Vanlerberghe (both clean and screamed) vocals that really set 'Bow Down' apart from other songs, both sets can be understood quite clearly and really add to the sense of unease, but in a good way.
I need to add that I love the video for 'Bow Down', we see singer Eric being dragged through a poorly lit warehouse, before being restrained at an "Artist Auction". The video then shows that the artist can be changed to fit the buyers needs, making it the perfect parody of the current music industry. How they got that past the censors at their own record label is beyond me, but well done!
I'm man enough to admit that I judged a band by one third of its genre description when I shouldn't have. That said, I haven't heard much else from I Prevail, so maybe I'm right to be weary of them, But I'll never know until I take the plunge and have a listen, which after 'Bow Down' I'm more than happy to do so.
A very solid 8/10
Written by Dan.