I tend to have mixed feelings about reviewing a style of music I don’t usually listen to. I consistently doubt myself. If I don’t like something, is it simply my personal taste getting in the way? Or is there something wrong with the music itself? The last thing I want to do is be unfair to a talented band, simply because it’s not my usual type of music. So, I was a little hesitant on picking this album to review, when I realized it was a type of metal I don’t usually fancy. Kids, learn from my mistake. If I had passed up on this EP, I would have seriously been missing out. Hailing from Budapest, Soul Harbour by Silent Homes is a musical gem for anyone that enjoys some intense yet melodic metalcore.
The first interesting discovery I made about Silent Homes is that they haven’t always had a singer in their ranks. Soul Harbour is actually the first release from these guys to include vocals, as the band has been an instrumental project since their inception. Adding in a singer was clearly the right move. The EP kicks off with “Waiting,” an intro to the metalcore destruction that follows. When “Brighter Days” kicks in, I’m immediately struck by the mix of August Burns Red-style vocals and Protest The Hero-style instrumentation. And yeah, it’s a perfect blend. The standout track on here is the fourth track on the EP, “Spring.” It features a delightfully evil-sounding guitar riff, and at the 1:37 minute mark there’s an incredibly pounding blast of metal that’ll probably make you want to mosh around your computer, or your stereo, or just generally wherever you happen to be listening to this.
So, I think it’s safe to say I’ve learnt from my mistake. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. Silent Homes craft a blend of metalcore that is both unique in its own way and full of complex and heavy song writing. If it wasn’t already too late, I might even go as far as to say this EP belongs on my Top 5 list of 2015.
Written by Dominic Abate
*edited by Kate Erickson