"Self Titled EP"
By Armor for the Broken
Labels: None (Hence DIY, Do It Yourself)
5 out of 5
Armor for the Broken's new self-produced EP showcased the band's worthiness to share a
stage with greats such as A Day to Remember, Alesana, and home state peers Our Last
Night. The band and their EP is distinctly unique to their region of New Hampshire, known
for its heavy palm-mute metallic and ringing guitars, dynamic deep guttural screaming and
high pitched singing, emotional based lyrics, and their ability to produce records with a live
"Patterns" attacks listeners with a metal-hammering introduction that leads into their
region's signature 'heavy to ringing' dynamic. The song acts as a pendulum, first it brings
an intense metallic depth and harsh scream, then shifts into towering clean vocals and
ringing guitars. Patterns' adds a vocal and guitar breakdown that perfectly synchronizes
explosive screaming with loaded string-picking.
The second track "The Mending Chords" has an interesting mix of influences ranging from
The Used and Coalesce, to Hatebreed and God Forbid. Riffs are primarily palm-muted and is
supplemented by death metal drumming. Vocals are delivered with clean and deep guttural
screaming that endlessly counter one another. One can definitely infer how the band may
sound in the near future.
"He Held Victory Within His Fists", the EP's final track, takes ques from bands such as Attack
Attack!, Breathe Carolina, and Escape the Fate. Armor for the Broken fuses synthesized
raverish melodies with tireless aggressive drop-d guitar barrages and riffs.
This three track EP is an instant classic to the already growing reputation of New
Hampshire's hardcore scene. For the minuscule price of three dollars, especially in this
economy, you can't go wrong by participating in the next big scene in hardcore.