Song: It’s Never Easy
Area: Canberra, ACT
Date Of Release: October 11th 2018
Mixer: Ionie Heckenberg
Masterer: Ionie Heckenberg
For Fans Of: A Day To Remember, Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, The Amity Affliction
“Panic is poison, fear is creation. Not desolation, I am creation”
I'll admit it, the first time I listened to 'It's Never Easy' I wasn't particularly impressed. I was more so confused as to why many people were billing it as excellent. So I decided to give another listen, and another, and another, and I found myself realising that the song was actually pretty damn decent. Hiraeth were once known to be Lions Of The Underground and they released a brilliant EP late February of 2017 known as 'Oblivious', in which I enjoyed every single track thoroughly. They were all different, yet similar enough that they didn't feel out of place on the EP itself.
So, we've established that their past releases under their old name were excellent, so is their new stuff under their new name Hiraeth just as good? Yes, BUT! It's a strawberry, and personally I prefer raspberries; 'Oblivious' was a big juicy raspberry. But, neither berries are better or worse than each other, I just like raspberries more. Yet sometimes I crave strawberries, and trust me when I say that this should satisfy anybody’s strawberry craving Contrary to the name of the song - it's very easy to listen to. I found myself adding it to several of my playlists due it being one of those songs that you can always enjoy no matter what else you've been listening to lately. However, this doesn't mean the song lacks identity, far from it! I will always instantly recognise when this song comes on due to it's signature operatic intro which plunges us into a melodic - yet monstrous song. The structure is far from perfect, and can feel awkward and forced at times but it holds together well enough to still be enjoyable. The vocals however, are the true driving force behind this song. From the brutal screams and growls of Chris, to the soothing yet powerful vocals of Dave layered with backing vocals from the other members, you will feel your musical tastebuds being struck from every angle you want it leave you feeling vocally satisfied.
All in all, this is the second song released under their new name Hiraeth, and it really gives us an idea of what the future holds for the music of Hiraeth. I genuinely look forward to seeing what they can bring to the Canberra scene.
Vocals: 9/10 Guitar: 8/10 Bass: 8/10 Drums: 8.5/10 Lyrics: 4/5 Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 5/5 Mixing: 8/10 Production: 17/20 Structure: 13.5/20 Overall Score: 77/100 Personal Enjoyment: 7/10