Genre: Metalcore/Heavy Metal
Location: Chippenham, UK
EP Year: 2013
Four piece self proclaimed ‘heavy metal grindcore’ outlet Roads To Nowhere are releasing their third EP after building
a massive reputation in the southwest area of the UK. They play a very high volume of shows, and this is how they have
built such a massive audience in three years. They were Live and Unsigned Finalists in 2012, and by the sounds of this release, they should have won it.
The EP is titled Dead World, and wastes no time in exploding into a powerful and pretty dark riff, perfectly accompanied
by Tim Toon’s unique mix of shout and grind lows. As this EP progresses, it literally gets heavier and heavier, evolving
from punchy heavy metal into breakdowns so hard-hitting you’ll need a therapist. They are really flexible with their sound,
with all the progressions into solos, breakdowns and melodic sections very fluid and easy on the ears, not robotic and jarring.
However, while they can smash skulls with their chugs, they can also lay on some splendid spreads of melodic riffs, harmonious solos and beautifully crafted guitar arrangments that provide a nice respite from sheer brutal-ness. One thing to note is the fantastic vocal layering and production on this EP. Everything is mastered brilliantly, which adds a lot of quality to this release.
This EP is bound to further propel Roads To Nowhere up the ladder, and I can see no fault with this release. A refreshing style of metal to listen to, and one that I will be listening to for a while.