EP REVIEW: Atlantic South

There’s a lot going on in the Cape Town music scene right now and a big chunk of this is a growth in the punk/metal area.

One of the bands determined on pioneering a new flavour on the circuit are Atlantic South. Metalcore might be massive overseas and relatively big in Johannesburg, but in the Cape it hasn’t entirely grabbed a foothold yet, with only a small handful of these breakdown driven bands.

In November 2015 Atlantic South launched their debut self-titled EP, a genuine contribution to the genre in South Africa. Recorded at 7 String Studios in Durbanville the EP consists of six tracks that start hammering you from the get go and doesn’t stop pounding until the last song ends at about 27 minutes.

With great riffage from the guitars and rolling breakdowns, it’s as if the music was probably written with moshing in mind. Headbangers who enjoy Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red and Parkway Drive will most likely appreciate what this EP has to offer with songs like “Riptide” and “By the Tempest” representing Atlantic South’s melodic style while still very distinct in their respective moods.

Personally I think their best work is “Terrorformer”. It stands out because of its catchy rhythms and guitars it just sits in your head. Like chocolate and strawberry mixed soft serve on the beach in the middle of summer in 30+ degrees Celsius, it’s just plain damn good.

A lot of effort has gone into this CD and it’s evident by the variety of original lead lines. A lot of focus has been placed on brutal breakdowns too and that’s what I think will be Atlantic’s signature sound in the future. I can quite easily see them being known as “that grinning breakdown band” soon enough. Just go watch these guys live, their humble attitude and big smiles will charm you over like free candy.

The lyrics are varied yet still stay along the lines of a faith driven theme. Stories within the songs vary from the state of our planet to motivating the listener to keep on keeping on even when there is little left. Very inspirational, I just hope they release the lyrics to the public as they are a big part of what I’ve come to appreciate about Atlantic South.

On the crit side of things, the EP lacks in the production department although the more basic raw sound might be what they were going for anyway and it’s not a bad thing at all. The sound hits hard and general quality is good.

All in all, great songs from the band and we look forward to their new promised material which they are currently working on.

7/10

 

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