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REVIEW | The Broken are Crowned: Trenches EP

The Broken are Crowned, who previously released their first full length album in November of 2012, has just thrown a brand new coat of paint and is reinventing themselves with this new EP they’re calling Trenches.

The first thing I noticed when playing this is the improvement of sound quality, the clean vocals, guitars, and drums sound very crisp and real throughout the EP. However, the bass and dirty (or unclean) vocal quality seem to be lacking. At times the bass almost disappears, especially in instrumental parts. The dirty vocals sound recorded, for example the breakdown of the track “What Lies Beneath” (3:15-4:00). The screams sound like they were either mastered too much or not enough which is somewhat expected from local recording, but the clean vocals sound crisp and are impressive in comparison.

by Keenan

TBAC – Trenches (5 tracks, 25 minutes)

★★★★ 4/5

The Broken are Crowned, who previously released their first full length album in November of 2012, has just thrown a brand new coat of paint and is reinventing themselves with this new EP they’re calling Trenches.

The first thing I noticed when playing this is the improvement of sound quality, the clean vocals, guitars, and drums sound very crisp and real throughout the EP. However, the bass and dirty (or unclean) vocal quality seem to be lacking. At times the bass almost disappears, especially in instrumental parts. The dirty vocals sound recorded, for example the breakdown of the track “What Lies Beneath” (3:15-4:00). The screams sound like they were either mastered too much or not enough which is somewhat expected from local recording, but the clean vocals sound crisp and are impressive in comparison.

Song quality is huge–a band can sound like angels, but without solid song structure, no one will enjoy your music and I think the 4 songs (plus intro) TBAC has given us are very strong. Each track has powerful instrumentals and lyrics that show off the talent each member brings to the group. The instrumentals could be paired up to those of Dream Theater and Iron Maiden with kickass drum beats and phenomenal guitar rifts, such as the solo in their fourth track (“Deceiver” 2:35-2:55), which left with a powerful punch I won’t soon forget. The lyrics are professional, bringing metaphors and other rhetorical tools most groups don’t think twice about anymore. It seems bands get lazier and lazier with their lyric writing and just say whatever comes first. TBAC has put plenty of thought into their lyrics that will bring different meanings to whoever listens to it, like “We have seen the face of death, and stood on the bridge of hell, we are the lost ones searching for the light.”

It’s a great EP, something that local music enthusiasts and the mainstream metal/hardcore listeners will thoroughly enjoy.

Be sure to check out the steam and pre-order of Trenches, as well as The Broken are Crowned EP Release Show on November 15th at The Garage, and for more Minnesota music news and reviews keep it here, GarageMusicNews.

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