Published Oct 21, 2015Birds In Row have produced a dense and dynamic set of songs for their latest EP, Personal War. Blending their vicious brand of screamo-inflected hardcore with moments of melody and clarity, the French unit have put together a formidable overall package.
"Torches" is the most furious track on the record, shifting back and forth between blasting verses, transitioning from blisteringly fast sections to stop and start moments that drive the emotionally wrought vocal lines home. Each song on the record employs a unique rhythmic structure, creating a sense of diversity amongst the tracks, but they are all connected by their use of rich and multi-textured chord progressions and the brooding, sinister atmosphere conjured through the use of screeching feedback and guitar dissonance.
"Worried" is the only break in which the chaos subsides momentarily, as dreary guitars float over the rumbling of a bass line. As the song goes on, it becomes more drawn out and subdued, but picks up immediately as it drops into the blast beats of "Snakes." Personal War is a tumultuous, brooding and visceral ride that places Birds In Row amongst artists those pushing melodic hardcore forward. (Deathwish Inc.)