Review: Sound Struggle – Rise

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Sound Struggle are a wondrously talented band. Their 2014 self-titled album was one of the gems of the year. The pressure to create something equally incredible, or to even come close, would hurt many bands but much like their music, Sound Struggle are calm, collected, precise yet a titanic force to be reckoned with.

“Rise” follows a similar vein to its predecessor and whilst it can appear to be a smooth and methodical affair, it is not without its barbaric complexities and penchant for brutality.

‘Strongth’ followed by ‘The Disease’ show this songwriting proficiency; the former is a  precise rhythmical piece, before the latter demonstrates the subtleties of the album momentarily until it opens wide into the surging, manic and violent rhythmic adventures and soaring majestic vocals.

“Rise” is as good as its predecessor, and it certainly possesses the quality to overtake the debut. “Sound Struggle” was on another plane that any follow-up by any band would struggle (pun intended). “Rise” is definitely one of the best things you’ll listen to this year. They reach a perfect middle ground with this release that fans of djent, metal, progressive rock and fans of music in general can appreciate.

Sound Struggle can create marvellous melodies, and soundscapes that can be listened to is one continuous passage of play. Time will tell where this album will land, but it is still far more exceptional than what many musicians can muster.

Get “Rise” from Bandcamp.


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