EP Review: Mirrors – Fools Paradise

Starting out, metalcore as a genre was described as the broad fusion of extreme metal with hardcore punk. This fusion blended different parts of both styles and gave way to a new label of music and a new sound. As metalcore has progressed over since its earlier origins in the late 80s and early 90s, the sound has definitively evolved with further subgenres of its own. This has led to what some consider a rift in what metalcore actual is in the modern-day music scene; some are purists and long for the bands that maintain the roots of the genre with heavy, mosh-inducing breakdowns, downtuned guitars and visceral growls while others lean towards the more approachable style which includes backing melodies, different instrumentation and clean vocals. Riding the line between both the hard hitting and melodic sides of the genre is where Melbourne, Australian band Mirrors find themselves with their debut EP Fools Paradise, which shows that no matter the chosen style, a band will add their own twists to make a sound fit who they are – and in this case, the result is brilliant.

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Genre: Metalcore
Label: Unsigned
Release: March 17, 2017
Connect: Facebook
Purchase: iTunes
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The first impression that Fools Paradise makes on listeners is with “F.Y.A”, or fuck your arrogance, which hits its stride immediately as vocalist Patrick Goodman declares “this is for the kids”; an anthem that is derived from the EPs theme that is centered around the journey of finding happiness in one’s self and with those important people in your life. Backing up this desire to explore happiness is an equally dark, yet melodic and soaring sound that is enhanced by pulsating drums and an intense breakdown that compliments Patricks’ raw screams. Continuing on the underlying theme, “Waiting (feat. Zachary Britt of Dream On Dreamer & Young Lions)” is where Mirrors showcase their ability to leave their own mark on metalcore as the song incorporates beautifully sung and soaring clean vocals with a sound that leans towards more progressive sounds. Carrying over into “Tie the Lace”, singing once again is featured, but doesn’t truly take centerstage as they incorporate layered vocals over a beautiful guitar riff and backing melodies. “Through the Cracks” and “Bring Me Home (feat. David Vernon of Belle Haven)” bring forth a sound more akin to The Amity Affliction or In Hearts Wake that lets atmospheric set pieces do the talking before exploding with the fury of a thousand suns. Closing out the EP is “Faded Away” and it opens up with a 50-second instrumental showcase before it gets ramped up even further with sweeping leads, soaring vocals and a spattering of electronics kick in.

Mirrors – Tie The Lace [Official Music Video]

Australian metalcore unit Mirrors premiere their brand new music video for ‘Tie the Lace’! WEB: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MirrorsAus/ Australian Tour/Tickets Info: http://www.collisioncourse.com.au/tickets Pre-Order Fools Paradise EP: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/fools-paradise-ep/id1185232366 Want an exclusive premiere? email us! valentin.itdjents@gmail.com It Djents promotion page: http://www.facebook.com/ItDjents Intro animation: https://www.facebook.com/AidosDesigns [Like pages above – help underground promotions] DISCLAIMER: We do not own these songs.

Due to the state of how easy it is to get music out there with streaming avenues, metalcore bands seem to almost be a dime a dozen. This makes it even more important for a new band to have a memorable sound that lingers on in listener’s ears for days, weeks and months to come. It’s clear that for their debut, Mirrors main priority was differentiating the overall sound as it ultimately feels natural as if it is built into their DNA. Each song emphasizes a different aspect of their musical ability; a direct effect of composing the music in a way to make it unique and noteworthy. That’s what makes Fools Paradise even more awe-inspiring as the band has found their perfect balance, blending heavy and raw metalcore with the more produced, melodic side resulting in six songs that are familiar, yet refreshing – and something that any fan of the genre should not sleep on.

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