Sound — 8
Michael Crafter is the biggest name in the Australian Hardcore scene. As well as fronting bands such as I Killed The Prom Queen, Carpathian and Bury Your Dead(USA) in the past, he has helped unearth talented Australian bands such as Parkway Drive and The Red Shore. The band he is currently fronting out of Melbourne is Confession. This is their first EP and it has a sound that I found to be very attention catching. It is essentially a "Hardcore" band but the band seems to seamlessly incorporate punk beats, along with a LOT of melody and even some "Metalcore" riffs and breakdowns. The guitar work on this album reminds me a touch of "Misery Signals" at times with intricate melodies as well as heavy riffs. The bass hums around in the background creating a nice low end and interlocking with the drums. The drums are standard hardcore fare and do their job well without being spectacular. Overall an interesting and captivating sound for my ears.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrics are pretty standard, usually about life and all things related. There are some nice metaphors and some good imagery used in the lyrics One liners such as "Your Life Is A Shipwreck" on Let's Talk About Sex and "You Will Go Down With The Ship" on Mirrors solidify the themes of all things oceanic which are present throughout this 8 track EP. Crater's vocal skills are improving especially his growls which compliment his hardcore bellow quite well. His scattered attempts at clean vocals are interesting and something they incorporate a lot more into their first full length. Not the most talented vocalist, but Crafter does a very serviceable job.
Overall Impression — 9
The sound is not your ordinary hardcore band, they throw in a unique mix of very melodic moments as well as heavy moments and breakdowns. Some of the most impressive songs are: Mirrors, Let's Talk About Sex, Bust A Move. They also have a Frenzal Bomb cover of Ship Of Beers, showcasing their punk rock side. It is very catchy and very good for a cover. I love the wall of sound and the way that they incorporate lots of melody into their music while having it still flow. The band's songwriting formula does need work because many songs have the same structure and there is not any songs breaking the mold. Overall, this is a very solid EP from a very promising band. The full length, Cancer is out now and it too is very good but if you are skeptical about the band, try this EP first.