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One Vital Word - One Vital Word
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: August 2009
Australia is becoming a breeding ground for hardcore bands, both good and bad. While a lot of these bands start to sound all too similar and lack anything to set them apart from the pack, One Vital Word have slogged it through for the past three years to develop a distinct and unique sound they can call their own. Their self-titled debut delivers twenty-two minutes of blistering yet melodic tracks that should satisfy fans of both punk and hardcore.

“What I Embrace” kicks off the EP at a fast pace, with a relentless, typical melodic hardcore paced beat in the vein of Strung Out and Rise Against. However, it’s not the fast-paced, precisely executed assault which separates One Vital Word from the majority, rather the moments which stray from the path of hardcore, seeking alternative means of expression to typical hardcore. As all the rampant drumming and scrambled vocals reach for an ending, “What I Embrace” concludes with a crashing of cymbals and chugging guitar, blurring the lines between metal, hardcore and punk while still remaining effective.

Owen Smith takes command vocally, and adapts from melodic vocals to fast paced shouts similar to Aaron Bedard (Bane). Similar to the drumming, Owen Smith’s vocals are their most powerful and passionate when delivered in slower passages. The second half of “Silence” might make the kids start throwing their arms around in circles and fight imaginary ninjas, but it captures some of the best moments of One Vital Word, on record and on the stage.

The influences of such bands as Propagandhi are more visible on later tracks in the album, particularly in the guitar work by Nathan Trimble and Daniel Grenadier. The freedom given to the two guitarists allows them to jump from simple, fast strums to some of the more interesting riffs, and even a venture or two up the neck of the guitar. It’s the guitarist’s freedom which draws the majority of comparisons to the likes of Strung Out, and it can hardly be seen as a bad thing.

Though there isn’t a lot of variation between songs (this is hardcore, after all), the variation within the songs keeps the seven tracks of the EP fresh, and certainly makes it worthy of more than a handful of spins. One Vital Word’s hard, fast punk is delivered on this EP with a passion that only three years in the making can produce. Though it may not quite capture the pure energy of their live show, it’s certainly plenty to get the blood pumping and the mind engaged. With a glimpse at what they can accomplish, One Vital Word are about to turn some heads.

Recommended If You LikeStrung Out, Rise Against, Comeback Kid

This review is a user submitted review from bolgy99. You can see all of bolgy99's submitted reviews here.
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07:43 PM on 03/06/10
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great review!!! although i haven't heard the ep yet i have been to many live shows and love every second of it!!! these boys know what they're doing and do it well! they have a passion that is hard to come by these days and are definately worth checking out!!!

Sean Degan/crystalcove

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