Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Survival Code: 'MMXV' Album Review

Here's the facts: The Survival Code dropped their brand new album 'MMXV' a few days back. The album was produced by John Merriman of Crown Lane Studios who works with orchestras and ‘big sounds’ and was mastered by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Gallows, Ash, Machine Head, Funeral for a Friend). Influences range from Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters to Johnny Cash and The Beatles.

That's one fine looking build up to one fine looking album. Let's have a run through:

From the opening roar of 'Burning' to the closing reverb of 'Prisoner' the album offers anthem after anthem. With highlights ranging from the vocal excellence of 'Never Let Go', the pop powered single 'Rat Race' and the raspy vocals and energetic injection presented in 'This Feeling' the band have a nice diverse mix of music.

The band manage to deliver on all fronts of the album. Tracks 'Gave It All' and 'The Change' offers a Stereophonics/Foo Fighters esque performance with commanding vocals and heartfelt and driven chorus'. The distorted roaring guitars that appear bring the noise and makes the poppiness stand out.

Comparisons can definitely be drawn to the likes of Biffy Clyro that have a bit of an edge to the songwriting and effortless flows between sporadic heavy monets in lighter songs. Vocalist Gary McGuinness comments: “Music is a form of storytelling, and it’s my job to make that story captivating”.

If your looking for an album full of the intensity of a punk band and the sing-along goodness of a pop band with a sprinkle of heaviness and experimental tampering here and there then you will definitely want to be grabbing yourself the new album 'MMXV'.

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