Start/Over – Laments (EP review) ★★★★☆

Start/Over – Laments (EP review) ★★★★☆

The Dutch metalcore band Start/Over was formed early 2015 and the band started orientating, writing, practising and recording. After two years of hard working, they released their debut EP ‘Laments’ in February, 2017. After the release of the EP bass player Manuel Housen joined the band. After a lot of experimenting, the band accepted their diversity of metal influences and used it to create their own sound.

Opener ‘Wake Me Up’ immediately grabs my attention. After a dark intro the band goes full throttle and blast their music into the world. Epic melodic lines, complicated rhythms, complex guitar riffs and merciless brutal metal. It’s a mix of hardcore, metalcore, djent metal and even progressive metal. The second song ‘Two Worlds’ is even a little bit more aggressive and the short silences in the riffs, together with the great breakdowns, makes it a great beginning of ‘Laments’. Also halfway the EP, where a lot of bands sink or collapse, Start/Over keeps going strong and every track contains a universal deep emotion. There’s also a lot of variety and it never gets boring, which is an awesome job in the metalcore genre.

‘Laments’ is an EP you will love if you like the mix of different metal influences. Start/Over proves with this EP that they are ready for the ‘big league’ and they can be proud about it. Now we have to wait for their first full length album!

Score: 8.7/10★★★★☆

Tracklist:
1. Wake Me Up
2. Two Worlds
3. Nomad
4. Venetian Carnival
5. Savior
6. Survival Of The Fittest

More about Start/Over:
www.pitkings.nl/tag/startover
www.startoverofficial.com/
www.facebook.com/StartOverNL

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Meindert is the Frisian guy with a wide interest in Dutch metal music. From that point of view he's telling you his opinion in album reviews.

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