Windover and The ‘Maze’ EP.
Hailing from Belarus and Minsk specifically, Windover are a band taking key aspects of the diversity of modern Punk music and twisting it to their needs through soaring and whirling crescendos, break-neck tempos, precision time signatures and utter catharsis.
Maze is the band’s debut release, consisting of five tracks of relentless Melodic Hardcore, Post-Hardcore and Skate Punk sat there impatiently waiting for fans of each of them individually as well as of the three as a relentless whole, to quite frankly, well and truly immerse themselves in.
With a warped guitar tone on the lead riffs and lines this band have more melodies than you can shake a stick at. Within the opening notes comparisons to A Wilhelm Scream as well as vintage Comeback Kid and Rise Against are about in droves as you are carried by the melodies and accosted by the shrill and cathartic screams. ‘Wasting Time’ is really very well layered in the Post-Hardcore fashion while the blended Skate Punk and Melodic Hardcore leads with their slight Metal-tone leave you at a loss…
…at a loss because of how hard-hitting this band are. ‘Stun’ is exactly the Melodic Hardcore hybrid many fans of the genre past and present may well have been after. The genres roots in Hardcore Punk and all the ground work laid by those bands who added the first real melodies are present with Windover, as are the more contemporary emotional charged and Post-Hardcore structured stylistics of Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth and their ilk.
‘Ruthless’ sees Windover at their most Skate Punk in the verses with strong melodic guitar lines soaring in anthemic emotion as the fist-in-air-anthem of the release acts defiantly. – ‘This is the time to overcome’.
The title-track ‘Maze’ far from disappoints and supplants ‘Ruthless’ as the leading anthem. As expected, relentless percussion, jagged riffage and anthemic Skate Punk guitar lines and melodies lead the charge in a song born from the frustration of modern life and the maze it truly is. ‘Maze’ is more testament to a band who compositionally speaking know exactly what they are doing, shining as much in their most complex as they do in their most simplistic.
Maze is story of finding your home or some semblance of balance in a maze you struggle to free yourself from, a maze that re-organises itself each time you turn a corner. It’s also an EP that takes and wears its individual influences and warps cathartic and emotional Punk-Rock to its needs.
‘Swamp’ ends a release that goes out the same way it came in, at full speed, pace, throttle and with full conviction.
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