Griever’s new EP Soul Searcher thrusts you into the realisation of passionate and well executed metal-core. The opening title-track Soul Searcher instantly bares the band for all to hear and reminds listeners of what melodic death metal should sound like. This is only reinforced more with the second track Malevolence which has powerful vocals layered onto epic guitar work. The sundry vocals in this song puts front man David Seymour in that rare category of distinct sound.
It is impossible to sit still and listen to Virulence, the third track on the EP. The fast tempo and strong beat provided by the bass and drums stimulates motivation and fills you with focus making it inevitable to get lost in the music. She is Death is a seriously haunting experience, it’s like the band held in all their rage and emotion and just let it burst into this song. This in no way takes away from the technical excellence that they built up with the previous three tracks, in fact, it is the best track in terms of musicianship on the entire EP.
Most Eps and albums have a weak link and unfortunately this one comes in the form of Liberate. Although it luckily somewhat works within the EP as a whole, it wouldn’t work well on its own. This is a real shame as it does contain a brilliant guitar solo toward the end that just seems wasted in this disoriented song. The EP is finished off with A Pure Heart which rounds it off very nicely. It gives the feel that Soul Searcher has come full circle as the melodic side to the band returns. The breakdown in this song has a sacred sense to it which sets a tone for the rest of the track. The unique structure of this song works really well and makes it stand out far from the rest of the EP.
This EP makes a statement from Griever ‘we are here, you should listen.’ After listening to it, it leaves you with the feeling of – they came, they played, they conquered.