Genre: Progressive Metalcore
EP Year: 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Progressive metalcore outlet Favor The Brave have released their newest EP ‘Entropy’. They have released one EP in the past, ‘Rochelle’, and shortly after were signed to Contorted Records. They have shared the stage with big names like Within The Ruins, Adestria and Wolves At The Gate. I must admit I haven’t heard a lot of great progressive metalcore, so I was hoping Favor The Brave could change my
opinions on it.
The three-track EP opens with an air-raid siren-esque sound, slowly getting louder and louder until a hectic mix of jarring guitar melodies and stuttered chugs take over, providing a suitable metalcore backdrop for the vocals to layer over. The instrumental work on this EP is fantastic, with some really uplifting guitar harmonies changing things up, so that this is not just another chugfest clusterfuck. The standout track on this EP is by far Salvation, being one of the most chaotic and unpredictable metalcore tracks I’ve ever heard. There is no shortage of riffs to enjoy or chugs to nod your head to on this track, and I think if Favor The Brave wrote more material like this track, they would see a lot more publicity.
However, the first two tracks on the EP feel a bit stale and weak, and the vocals certainly don’t help. Personally, I really did not like the vocals, never changing or using different techniques. The vocalist only ever seems to use one scream throughout the entire EP, which really gets grating after a few minutes. The drum work is also extremely repetitive, nearly always playing the same beat and following the guitars – change it up!
All this band needs is some more variation and experimentation on the drums and from the vocalist, and they will be huge. For now though, I can’t see them getting the kind of publicity they could get.