Vanishing Life, a super-group envisaged at the Groezrock Festival in 2013, have just released their first full length LP, ‘Surveillance’ via Dine Alone Records.
Comprised of Walter Schreifels (‘Quicksand’/’Gorilla Biscuits’/’Rival Schools’), ‘Rise Against’s’ Zach Blair and ‘Trail of Dead’s’ Fulbright and Jamie Miller; the band boasts an impressive selection of talented artists. With a wide fan-base awaiting this culmination of two years of work, there has been a lot of anticipation for this release.
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Driven by aggressive drums (Jamie Miller) and bass (Autry Fulbright), fleshed out with hook-heavy guitar (Zach Blair, Walter Schreifels) and topped off with energetic vocals (Walter Schreifels) ‘Surveillance’ is unapologetically hard-core punk; loud, edgy and fast-paced.
‘Realist’ kicks the album off with a heavy drum and bass combo, with riffs that are guaranteed to stick in your head. Featuring grungy chords and bold vocals, it’s clear to see why this was selected as one of the albums singles.
Pushing on with relentless hooks and fills, ‘Outlier’, ‘Image’ and ‘Thinking Weightless’ showcase the quartet’s capability to keep 40 minutes of punk rock 100% kick-ass. While they seem to stick to a consistent sound throughout, tracks such as ‘Pretty Ruined’ and ‘Exile’ provide a novel addition to the album; with focus on the vocals and a roller coaster to ethereal vibes.
Two instrumental tracks add an inconclusive “something”. However, ‘17’ feeds nicely into the heavy fuzz of ‘Seven Pointed Star’. ‘Vanishing Life’ sounds like a live jamming session. A monumental wall of brutal drumming, driving vocals
and hook -heavy guitar.
In short, ‘Surveillance’ is a successful debut album. Each artist has brought their own vibe to the table. Over the course of two years, they have collaborated together to create music that will appeal to each of their fan-bases and bring something new to our playlists.
‘Surveillance’ is out now via Dine Alone Records.