(re)build take most of their influence from progressive metalcore/deathcore giants such as Periphery, Reflections, Entities, and Volumes while including a more melodic, emotive sensibility influenced by bands like The Air I Breathe, Hands Like Houses, and For Today. The track is most heavily marked by crushing grooves and polyrhythms, occasionally broken up by a catchy clean chorus that is mostly well-transitioned. Although it’s overall not a gigantic step away from the norm in the realm of all those genres under the ‘djent’ umbrella, it’s an extremely well done debut single that shows a group of songwriters that aren’t afraid to blend technical music with melodic, more musically conservative styles. The lyrics aim in that direction as well, as they’re certainly a break away from the typical pseudo-cosmological nonsense of most modern progressive bands. It goes to show that these musicians have artistic integrity, and personal messages to get across, using technical/progressive-inspired music as a medium.
The song begins with vocalist Chris Gonzalez belting out the first lyrics, and the instruments ensuing with the groove. The production is impeccably clear, as is the lyrical message, and the vigor of the instrumentals reinforces both with great fervor. The soloing over some of the rhythmic parts leaves much to be desired, but the repetitive, atmospheric soloing about halfway through the song is fantastically effective as an interlude. From there on, the song rarely stagnates and only stops to slow down for the chorus, which adds some unique, catchy flavor. The ending breakdown(s) isn’t necessarily impressively technical, but it’s totally crushing, and as it progresses, it grows more complex until the song somewhat abruptly closes. Overall, this track is very impressive for a debut and shows many signs of good things to come from these guys. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.