Band: Once Almost Never
Release: Escape Velocity
Date of release: 19th October 2017
Genre: Spacecore/ Metalcore
Reviewer: Kevin Snee
Record Label: Unsigned
For Fans Of: Falling In Reverse, Dreamers Crime, Wicked Figures
First up, this song started off as a banger, my head was pumping and I thought yeah this is going to be good. And, then the high vocals come in. Which lost me, I’m not sure what they were going for but it didn't work for me. That being said, as soon as the screamer entered (Just in the nick of time i might add) it added a new layer, which sounded great. It looses power pretty abruptly, I mean even when Jordan sings "finally I've got the strength to say it free" It’s aiming high but missing the mark. If you’ve “got the strength to say it free”, I'd probably put a lot more emotion and meaning behind it.
The breakdown, well the breakdown I was hoping for was going to be as fat as the intro. It was a change but it wasn't going anywhere. I could see a mosh circle try and from but not even a bounce out of my 5 year old brother. Breakdowns from what I remember are supposed to be the bass drop of a banger at a club. You're suppose to feel that need to dance, or in our music tastes, It’s more like punch your best mate.
Here’s what they got right, the mixing was great. I doubt that the screamer can scream like that in real life (prove me wrong) and the vocal effects of the cleans made sure that he didn't sound THAT auto tuned, or like Justin Bieber singing ‘Baby’. I did enjoy the lyrics and the structure of the song, The drums actually sounded really clean and simple, simple is good. I probably would only be able to play this a few times before it becomes one of those songs you skip.
Songwriting Integrity : 7/10
Overall: 61.5 /100
Personal Enjoyment: 4/10