So this afternoon I was making coffee, listening to Triple J on the radio and I heard these whopping fat sounds suddenly spill out of the speakers. It had huge foot stomping material and a seriously metal guitar riff.
This sound is called ‘Retribution’, by Daybreak.
A new band to the scene and not to mention that they’re a group of 15 and 16 year old high school students from Perth! The youthful lads have put together an exceptional blend of metal and hardcore rhythm, and are in the running to win Triple J’s Unearthed High competition.
The vocals on this track are black to the bone. Low and charmingly resonant, combined with a good amount of texture, Shaun Cox’s voice establishes a depth that darkens as the song progresses.
A commendable job on well-written lyrics that are based around Christopher Nolan’s, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Pleasing both Batman and music fans alike.
Love the bass tone on this one. Heavy as you would expect but not just your usual everyday type of heavy. I’m talking a unique sound that catches your attention immediately. Which is a valuable attribute when surrounded by the heavily populated crowd of metal music.
Some adequate guitar work combined with a surprisingly sweet guitar sweep throughout the chorus fills out the track, and kind of glues everything all together nicely.
The only thing, and yes although I am a fan of the boys work, the only thing that raised a little red flag in my eardrums was in fact the drums. Not against Sam Warren’s playing ability in the slightest (your awesome dude)! But only in the matter of computer generated drum recordings. Recording acoustic drums can be a challenging task that not everybody has the time, money, or equipment to fully benefit from.
A respectable two thumbs up all round. Wishing Daybreak every luck in the Unearthed High competition.
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REVIEWED BY: Stella Nullmeyers