Never Found – ‘The Human Condition’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:40

Never Found artworkOfficially billed as an EP, this second recorded offering from youngsters Never Found offers up seven tracks spread across 31 minutes – which, in itself, is nearly as some albums to have crossed UR’s desk in recent times…

 

Hang on a second. Did I say seven songs? That perhaps should be six, as the opening, title track is really no more than an extended intro, obviously written with the live environment. It kicks off with a suitably militaristic drumbeat, under which slowly swells the sound of an air raid siren and general radio hubbub. It’s the drumbeat that’s important, however, as it is elaborated upon on the first track “proper”, and lead single, ‘Come To Me’, which in itself is a fairly complex affair, in terms of its structure, with copious use of changes in mood and contrasts of light and shade. On the surface, it’s a fairly standard melocore stomper, especially in Daniel Barnes’ switches between growling and clean vocals, but there is quite a lot going around both on the periphery and in the background to retain aural attention.

 

‘Favourite Mistake’ is a much more straightforward proposition, treading the tried and tested path of alternating vocal styles over big, rolling riffs and then totally easing off the pedal with a ‘One’ style spoken overdub on top of a gentle guitar mien, before leaping back to life with the punchy latter third. At just shy of five minutes, it’s ambitious in its scope, if not its delivery, and hints at a band capable of so much more as they develop and mature.

 

‘The Monster Remains’ sees them walking down a more pop punk route, especially in Barnes’ vocal delivery, although the punching musical backdrop keeps them very much in emocore territory: it’s a contrast which jars slightly, and I’m not sure if it completely works, but the main melody and chorus are catchier than a dose of man ‘flu. ‘Anyone But Me’ is another straightforward dose of melocore, but again well-presented and well played, and you can feel its potential to open up some serious pit action in the live environment.

 

 

‘My Grave’ keeps the heaviness level turned up to ten, with another pounding and precise percussive performance from Kieren Ivey, ably aided and abetted by the rock-solid bass work of James Sweeten, and more impressive riffery from Samuel Redmayne: there’s little atmospheric trickery like on the earlier songs, but the song is all the more effective for that – as is closer ‘Misanthropy (A General Hate)’, which broils with punk rock fury but also possesses a polished sheen: oh, leave it playing for the hidden “second half”, which is a complete contrast to the first and shows a mellower side to the band – and could have been a standalone offering in its own right instead of taking the closer to a nigh on ten minute length (but, then, I did say these kids are ambitious).

 

Overall, ‘The Human Condition’ shows plenty of potential for further growth, and clearly demonstrates that this young band – whose members are split between the febrile musical breeding grounds of the Welsh valleys and the rather more sedate surroundings of Oxford – definitely have the makings of future leaders of the UK metalcore scene.

 

‘The Human Condition’ is released today (Friday 6 October). You can get your copy HERE.

 

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