Album Review – Jackalfeud – Structures
Ballymena 4 piece Jackalfeud’s new EP is not just another melodic hardcore affair, these guys have something to say and they’re not going anywhere until they (possibly quite literally) scream it from the rooftops.
One glance at the stunning cover artwork affirms that this is going to be something special. Then after tearing away the packaging you are confronted with both stickers and a plectrum (which this reviewer loves). A moment of worry sinks in, are the gimmicks the best bit about this new album? The blast of drums cuts through your thoughts and you instantly relax. Jackalfeud are fully in control of their talents and Structures even manages to raise the bar from 2007’s Blood and Wires album.
Opening with ‘No Reason, Just Fire’ you are confronted with solid riffs and beats accompanied by Rowan Morrey’s signature growls and vocals. Not a bad way to open at all. Moving straight into track two, ‘Fauxtality’, the bands tempo picks up with a jaunty riff that is sure to get stuck in your head. The middle instrumental section full of melodic beats, riffs and thumping bass highlight why Jackalfeud are currently masters of their game. Track three, ‘If You Believe This’ and four, ‘Reprisal’ are equally as solid giving Rowan the chance to really exercise those vocals and he doesn’t disappoint. Next comes my personal highlight of the album, ‘Beast!’. Starting with a haunting chant building to an angst filled song the band sound pissed off and if that’s the way they get things off their chest it’s sure to work.
The title track, ‘Structures’, the last song in this six track EP begins more mellow than its sister tracks. There’s nowhere to hide for Rowan’s voice, but does he falter? Not a bit of it. Culminating in the wave of melodic chaos that was sure to follow, ‘Structures’ really sums up what Jackalfeud are about- SOLID. Solid vocals, drums, guitars and bass which come together to make each song enjoyable to listen to, with moments of genius that take you in another direction entirely. With that the album’s over and to be honest I’m more than a bit sad that there’s not more, but coming in at just under 30 mins, ‘Structures’ is a must for fans and a good education from people that haven’t yet heard from Jackalfeud.
Now that just leaves me to decide where I should put those stickers…any suggestions?