Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: Lost Persona - Grudge Harbour (2012)

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Grudge Harbour

Lost Persona - Grudge harbour
Lost Persona is an ambitious four-piece outfit from Glasgow, Scotland. Initially formed in 2007, the band released a self-titled debut album in 2010 and are now back in 2012 with a four-track EP titled Grudge Harbour. The songs on Grudge Harbour are intricately crafted and overflow with heavy melodies, providing indisputable evidence of the band's self-described prog-meets-metalcore style.

Leading off Grudge Harbour is the title track, a song which contains very little of Lost Persona's metalcore roots. The swirling, downtuned riffs are accompanied by some slick, classic rock leads to produce a groovy melody that is instantaneously gripping. Aside from the thick riffs, only frontman Tony Dunn's rare shrieks hint at the brutality that Lost Persona has in store. Instead, an attractive post-metal guitar sound compliments Dunn's compelling vocal style for a fairly straightforward metal tune that is the highlight of the EP.

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As Grudge Harbour progresses, Lost Persona begins to gradually increase the level of metalcore-ish presence. "Open Prison" has that distinctly genre-specific alternating clean/harsh vocal style to the choruses to go along with the staccato riffs. As on the previous track, touches of reverb on some of the leads give the song a bit of a haunting quality. Lost Persona go full metalcore on "The Exhibition", as Dunn vomits the lyrics with unmistakable malice. Even so, this track features some of the band's most expressive guitar/bass interplay as Chris Dunn (guitar) and Gareth Dunion (bass) are kind enough to let us eavesdrop on a remarkably mellow and engaging jam session. The EP wraps up with "It's Never Too Late (In Limbo)", another song heavy on the post-metal atmospherics and light on the metalcore abrasiveness. The spine of the song is a catchy, strumming riff backed by intricate bass lines that is occasionally punctuated by menacing, disharmonic tones.

Although the majority of Grudge Harbour is slow to mid-paced, Lost Persona does a fantastic job holding listener attention through the use of climactic riffs and elaborate song structures. That these four Scots are serious about their music is undeniable, making them an above average contributor to the genre.
Track Listing
1Grudge Harbour5:40
2Open Prison5:37
3The Exhibition9:20
4It's Never Too Late (In Limbo)7:58
Total Runtime28:35

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