Having originally formed in 2015, the metallers from Connecticut have taken their sound to explore new guttural depths. ‘Your Receding Warmth’ by Boundaries follows the release of their 2019 EP ‘My Body In Bloom’.
Aggressive vocals, guttural lows and pretty epic breakdowns are what you will find on this album. ‘Is Survived By’ bulldozes straight in there – this isn’t an album to gently get into, it throws you headfirst into the (metaphorical) mosh pit. They take influences from a wide variety of sources, including those well-known early metal bands that lured us all into the dark world of metal: Slipknot, Linkin Park, Static X. Tracks ‘Get Out’ and ‘Behind the Bend’, in particular, both bring in a few recognisable Slipknot elements. The spoken elements that appear throughout the album introduce an extra something to their sound that really emphasises the theatrical. It’s another ingredient in the melting pot of styles that forms their distinctive edge.
The guitar tones Boundaries have produced are just delicious. The heavy rhythmic sections really pack a punch, and blend perfectly with the energetic percussion. The album as a whole feels very well balanced; the mix of each track feels pretty spot on. Unexpected elements pop up in the instrumentation across the album, adding something else just when you think the peak has been reached. It’s a small detail, but the soaring lead in ‘Written and Rephrased’ introduces a subtle ethereal quality that caught my ear. As with all pieces of music, different aspects stand out to different people, and for me, this little melody delivered a huge impact. The intense emotion that is portrayed through their lyrics is wonderful; blended with the intensity of the music, there’s a sense of awe combined with utterly raw, exposed humanity. ‘From the Departed, Dear or Otherwise’ is not the concluding track I expected to find on this album, but it works… so well!
I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us metal heads are greatly missing the powerful impact of a live extreme metal show. Releases like this help to ease the pain a little by delivering such an explosion of power through the sound. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get to mosh out to these guys live!
- Is Survived By
- Fade Away
- My Strength
- Get Out
- Behind the Bend
- Written and Rephrased
- I’d Rather Not Say
- One Moment From Disaster
- Your Receding Warmth
- From the Departed, Dear or Otherwise
Check out their music video for “I’d Rather Not Say” below:
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