In Brisbane, 2013, Nathan Toussaint (vocals), Kurt Thomson, Daniel Mead, Brent Thomson (guitar) and Daniel Neucom (bass) coalesced to form a hard-hitting Metalcore/Hardcore with the desire to produce such a musical identity and lyrical poignancy to move people from all over the world; the band we now know as The Brave.
The Brave dug deep to create something of true power that has resonance beyond its own borders. The songs themselves might have been drawn from Toussaint’s own experiences, but there’s a universality to them that shares DNA with everyone from Bring Me The Horizon and Architects to Deftones and Northlane.
Their 2014 EP Endless turned heads nationwide, and since then they have been refining their aspirant melodies and thudding riffs into what is now Epoch, what the band describe as “a significant thing that has taken us from just being a local band having a bit of fun to a signed band with an album we are truly proud of.”
An Epoch is a beginning of a period in the history of someone or something… A fitting theme for The Brave as this will definitely be the beginning of big things for them.
The album opens with the incredibly sharp-edged Searchlights (which actually surfaced as the first single from the album). Toussaint dubs Searchlights as “Probably one of the more personal songs on the album”; being written about the loss of a family member, this heavy-hearted and hardcore display of the singer’s journey through his experiences succeeds to showcase and forefront what is set to be a well-impassioned and cathartic collection of dauntless hymns to hope and love.
Such an energy runs on a full tank of thuddy metal riffs and melodically-shapen hits that relentlessly reverberates during the course of the album with the likes of Break Free, Escape and Dreamless managing to follow suit.
Thanks to their truly collaborative writing process, every member of The Brave has their finger prints on each track, hence the whip-lashing switch from catchy to heavy.
With that in mind, we shed light on a darker, far gloomier area of songs that take the shape of Eclipse, Ignited Youth and the apocalyptic Legacy.
Legacy is socially intriguing and introspective in the light of who we are and what it is we’re doing to eachother, powerfully contextualised by the epic chorus “Don’t let this be the legacy we leave behind. How long will we keep walking blind? Don’t let this be the misery we leave behind, a world that’s ruled by dollar signs”
This interchangeability is shown once more in the form of two far less heavy, but still just as brilliant, songs that take the shape of Undone and 1945.
In conclusion, Epoch is a hard-hitting, emotionally provocative little gem that offers continuous timeless messages and experiences, veering through the grief of loss and the state of society.
The only setback, however, is that some songs can sound very similar to the last, and those last songs sound like those that featured on Bring Me the Horizon’s 2013 album ‘Sempiternal’, but that’s not to take away from a blend of raw vocals, inspired lyricism and unrestrained guitar riffs that generate a good listen and an even better mosh-fest.