Vi­o­lence & De­struc­tion Vic­tory

Blunt - - In Review -

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.

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