Within melodic hardcore and post hardcore there are a lot of different nuances bands have that help themselves fill the cracks between each specific song and genre. That goes for Florida based band Conspire and their upcoming release ‘The Scenic Route’. Compiling some of your favourite artists into one, it is certainly a record that you will want in your music library.
Their main single is also the leading track off the record. ‘1971’ opens off quite soft, but once the rest of the band kicks in and the more aggressive style of spoken vocals channel through in the foreground it comes into its element. The choruses flow like something out of a Being As An Ocean album with low octave singing that fits into the palm of the rest of the band and bring something especially enjoyable, including with odd structures of the guitars/drums during parts of the verses. Going into ‘Rescind’, the intensity rises a lot more and the spoken word style is utilised a lot more. The bouncier chorus does a scream/clean call and response for the first part of it before focusing more on Parker Armstrong’s vocal lines. This track also features the first guest spot of the record from Silent Planet’s own Garrett Russell, bringing his craft during the first breakdown of the record. The palm muting alongside the soft higher tones in the background make for a great blend alongside Garrett’s voice.
Within the entire record, the same themes musically are cast through from massive sounding production from the bands chords structures to the bare-knuckle bones of just the vocals getting more of a show off. ‘Thousand Oaks’ is a great example of this as every member gets a chance to show themselves off. The bass grumble from Stephen Shuler during parts add a lot of intensity, especially during buildups and breakdown, providing an all rounded sound to each speaker. The faster paced tracks like ‘Worth Walking’ that show off more of Ryan Sullins’ drumming and gives off that massive post hardcore flavour to it. The fact that it doesn’t try to go overboard and it flows superbly within the entire track, let alone the entire record.
Another great side is the emotional train ride this album can take you on. The album’s closer ‘Enola’ is very minimalistic out of the gate with single guitar notes and some subtle drums/programming elements added. This and ‘By The Sword’ are the two interlude-esque tracks which take two different paths in terms of sound and pattern, once again showing a bit of diversity within the album. The melodic elements are again a very noticeable and great touch to the record, most utilised in tracks like ‘Captive Son’ for its choruses and ‘Row’ which blends it really well with the cleans vocals and the guest vocals by Ricky Armellino from This Or The Apocalypse.
From front to back, this record has so much to give and throws its entire body into the piece. Adding power, emotion, blood, sweat and tears to create something special and pleasing, Conspire have maybe inadvertently created an album a lot of people could class as their Top 10.