It seems there’s no stopping 2016 musically, as it now brings the introduction of Welsh four-piece In Requiem as they prepare to release their debut EP full of what can only be described as synth-filled ambient, jammy goodness.
The record opens with ‘Shelter (Save Me)’ which gives you a very thorough taste of what they can offer with moments of heavier percussion, choppy guitars and a variety of vocal changes. ‘Cope’ is next and is a little darker, where the vocalist’s singing turn to whispers midway through the song, but then returns to the catchy chorus that sandwiches the song together.
‘Broken’ kicks in hard with a heavy intro and turns to vocals which have a soft feeling to them similar to Daniel Tompkins’ from Tesseract, which is a huge plus. The familiar, yet nonetheless awesome, guitar solo towards the latter end of the track really adds the lasting impact that this song will have on the listener.
Enjoyably heavy and turbulent, penultimate track ‘The Beast Inside’ continues the band’s streak of consistency with their debut. Finally, ‘Holy Hands’ leaves an excellent lasting memory of your first impression of the EP and band as a whole, with another classic bendy solo and intricate lyricism.
I can honestly say I have rarely enjoyed an EP release as much as I have this. In Requiem are bringing a new energy to a genre that rarely throws up complete gems like this. They not only show that they are able to experiment with their music but also display these ventures in an intricate and polished manner. More, please!
’In Requiem EP’ by In Requiem is released on 14th February.
Words by Phoebe Messenger (@kangaezu_)