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Intervals - A Voice Within

By Zoe Rose Smith


You might have heard of Intervals before, but you wouldn’t have heard them like this. Before the release of their new EP ‘A Voice Within’, Intervals were a completely instrumental metal band, pulling influences from Protest The Hero and Sikth. Now, the band have taken a slight twist and brought in vocalist Mike Semesky to accompany their melodic tunes. Although the bands fan base within the metal world is already huge, it seems they believe bringing in a vocalist will push them further. But have they made a mistake in changing their already adored sound? This EP will be the decider.

Opening the EP with ‘Ephemeral’ we’re instantly presented with a classic metal sound of instruments, then comes what we’ve been waiting for; the vocals. Semesky’s vocals certainly add a melodic level to this song. The guitar playing by Aaron Marshall in this song is nothing far from incredible; it’s easy to see why they were so popular as an instrumental band. What I enjoy about ‘Moment Marauder’ is the electronic riff that comes in strong at the start. It reminds me a lot of something from Tron. I find the vocals in this song don’t reflect the music playing – it sounds like two songs mashed together.

‘Automaton’ is not how I’d define a metal song – I feel it is closer to the criteria of ballad rock with outstretched guitar solos that remind me of cheesy 80s rock and vocals that are whiney and poppy. If this song is defined as metal, then my idea of metal music has been wrong for my entirety. Then we find ourselves in ‘The Self Surrendered’, which showcases metal a little more. Even though the pace and tone of the instruments as enjoyable, I once again find myself annoyed by the vocals. I feel Intervals have taken great metal music and paired it with vocals more suited to a dreary emo band. However, this song does demonstrate their individuality amongst the rock world, but it feels like the heaviness that is underlying needs a stronger singer to bring it out. I’m also a hater of songs that last longer than five minutes, and this is one of those.

‘Breathe’ is a short instrumental piece, which starts off well and then spirals into something that sounds like the awful instrumental guitar music whilst you’re on hold to customer services. One of the songs I did enjoy was ‘Atlas Hour’ because it showcases all the talents that Intervals have. Although once again I wasn’t wowed by the vocals; it was the instrumental sounds that made my ears happy. We can hear how Intervals created such well-received instrumental music and they have the right balance between toe-tapping metal and a chilled-out progressive sound, which really impressed me. ‘A Voice Within’ is the last track and starts with this slap-bass jazz sound, which really makes you want to groove. It proceeds into a fast paced mix of heavy guitars and drum beats, with a hint of underlying jazz.

Intervals have made a grave mistake by bringing in a vocalist to accompany their brilliant instrumental sounds. Their music is distinctive, heavy, different and has pulled elements from everywhere. Then they’ve gone and destroyed their masterpiece by laying dreary, boring vocals over the top. Go back to what you’re good at and stick by it.

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