Published Oct 19, 2015Atlanta's Foundation have been compared time and again to their renowned straight edge metalcore predecessors Earth Crisis and Chokehold, and deservedly so, as bands with their level of aggression and sheer force of delivery are few and far between. With their swansong Turncoat, they have cemented their place amongst the ranks of the most notable acts in heavy music.
The EP is nothing short of an all-out assault, each of the five songs serving as a platform for Tomas Pearson's poignant commentary via his unrelenting, defiant roars. Foundation deliver earth-shattering, uncompromisingly heavy breakdowns on the record, from the downtempo opener "The New Faith" to the frenzied blast of "A Warm Place In Hell," building tension throughout each song before descending into chaos. The most visceral of these moments on the EP is found on "Devotion III," which follows a prolonged build-up of eerie guitars and Pearson's searing shouts with a brutally satisfying slam.
The cathartic last lines of "Silence Above, Quiet Below" make for a powerful conclusion to Turncoat and, by extension, for Foundation, who make a lasting impression with their last composition. (Jawk Records)