The five piece from Portsmouth known as Provoker will self release their debut EP, The Long Defeat, on 6th March. Provoker is made up of former members of the groups Munoe Effect, Housefires, Attention Thieves and Elephantis, and share a love of heavy music and live performance.
The Long Defeat opens with Admission, immediately heavy and drawing the attention of the listener. Non-fans of heavy music will quickly switch off, but fans will appreciate the varied singing and screaming vocals between the lead vocalist and the backing. Provoker sound like a more gritty and edgier A Day To Remember without the pop punk vibe, and a better mixed and mastered Gallows.
Up next is the heavier Solitary, however the chorus lightens off the song due to the sung vocals and the guitar melody immediately afterwards. It is the sort of track that would inspire a mosh pit, and could potentially have a great light show to go alongside it.
Bang in the middle of the EP is Adopt Adapt which starts off with straight chords and a solid drum beat but tapers off into broken chords and the drums perform stops, before the song actually starts. This track is more riff based than the others, particularly under the vocals in the verse.
Accountable is more like typical metal, Provoker launch straight into the track without introductions. However at the end of the track, the instrumental section quietens down and evolves into a more alternative track, ending with a guitar solo, which is unconventional for a standard song.
The final track, Empty, starts the same way as Accountable, however where Accountable channeled a more Gallows vibe at the beginning of the track, Empty channels a Lostprophets vibe. However both tracks seem to swap over halfway through, so Accountable ends sounding more alternative, whereas Empty sounds more typically metal in the middle, before introducing an instrumental section.
Throughout The Long Defeat it becomes clear that Provoker aren’t a typical chug chug metal group, they are more musically complex. The chords they use are generally higher up the neck of the guitar than is usual for this genre of music, providing a nice contrast to the bass, drums, and lower toned vocals. The riffs that are used under the vocals sit nicely without overpowering the tracks. The EP leaves the listener wanting more, and is a great introduction to the group.