One Win Choice - Conveyor
Record Label: Jump Start
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Conveyor is a veritable juggernaut of an album. Unrelenting guitars, pounding rhythms and abrasive vocals can be found aplenty throughout the course of One Win Choice’s latest album. But melody is also a key component, with anthemic choruses a crucial ingredient in making Conveyor a very solid release.
Talk about an album starting off with a bang; "Movements" is probably the best commencement of any album released in 2011. And if you think that’s a weighty statement, just remember that I would never go all hyperbolic on you… not in a million years. Dan Kloza‘s earnest, hair-raising yells of ‘RECONNECT THE DISCONNECT’ over ominously rising guitars are just fantastic, and the song never loses momentum or melody. Essentially, it’s a barnstorming number.
If "Movements" highlights the rougher side of One Win Choice, then the intriguingly-titled "Who Threw Out the Itinerary?" exemplifies their melodious capabilities. It has the album’s standout chorus, and is instantly memorable. Kloza’s passionate declaration of "Trapped in these cages, like animals we’re craving a better life" demands to be sung along to. But herein lies the problem. "Movements" and "Who Threw Out the Itinerary?" are tracks one and three, and the rest of the album never quite reaches the dizzying heights that were scaled in the opening songs.
That’s not to say that you should ignore the rest of the album; in fact, you’d be an incontrovertible idiot to miss out on the infectious chorus of "Where My Allegiance Lies" or "Act Your Age" with its climactic gang vocals. Intensity is the undoubtedly the watchword, with the sheer power of the music carrying some of the weaker cuts found later in the album. Conveyor encapsulates the feeling that One Win Choice are very comfortable and confident with their sound, and their brand of melodic hardcore is performed in a highly accomplished fashion. Sonically they can be compared to the likes of Strike Anywhere and No Trigger. Kloza’s vocals have something of a resemblance to Tom Rheault of the latter band, and that is indeed a complimentary comparison. The instrumentation is varied enough to remain consistently interesting for the 33-minute duration, and the lyrics are intelligently written.
So if you’re looking for a hard-hitting melodic hardcore album, Conveyor would be one win choice for you.