Violence & Destruction Victory
Across their pit-ready melange of Deftonesmeets-Parkway Drive post-hardcore and alterna-metal, the debut from South Carolina’s Islander navigates an intelligent, brutal, down-tuned path. Singer Mike Carvajal spits lines with a bitten-off snarling inflection, and then combines a patter of brutal screaming with some impressive clean vocals. What’s key is that they never devolve into parody or emo cliche; from the opening salvo through to the closing title track, there are surprises at every turn. The poppiest stretches – such as single “Coconut Dracula” – arrive in context, while the healthy lashings of emotionally-charged angst on “Cold Speak” are shrouded in power-laden shredding. As a debut, Violence & Destruction treads a fine line of accessibility and savage ferocity to striking effect.