Damien Ellinghaus (guitars/vocals), Jon Antonik (bass) and Luigi Rueda (drums) are Transience. The band recently released an eleven-song album entitled Skyward.
First things First. I not sure if this was supposed to be funny or not but it struck me as humorous. On their Bandcamp they say verbatim “Debut album! Songs about anxiety and hating yourself! Overwhelming and all encompassing darkness forever!” I mean I love songs about hating yourself and the encompassing darkness we feel in the back of our minds just as much as the next guy but what’s up with the exclamation points. At least the band is excited about these grim topics. Good times.
The band plays rock but I heard elements of pop punk, ’90s alternative,and more. Their sound is quite diverse or scattered depending what connotation you want to imply. The band has a good amount of hits and some misses along the way.
Up first is “Transcend.” It’s a pretty tight song in the vein of a band like Foo Fighters. There is an undeniable energy that is adrenaline inducing. The demonic growl around the one-minute mark seemed out of place. It seems like the band has a second singer. You know that thing some bands do when one guy sings a lead in kind of a more standard singing voice and the other sounded ridiculously pissed as if someone just slapped his mother and pulled down his pants at the same time.
“Wreckage” is another fast-paced, high energy. There were different elements of pop punk in the song. Although I would argue this song is better than the majority of pop punk, why oh why does the band starts “But Have You Considered the Implications?’ with a one-minute sample that sounds like they ripped from some movie. Ten seconds max. People will want to skip that part every time after the first time they hear it. It's unfortunate because the song was one of my favorites. It’s hardcore and is reminiscent of a band like Blood Brothers.
As the album progresses the songs feel pretty consistent and have a similar feel with a lot of energy with distorted guitar leading the charge. The one deviation was “Absent” which revolved around guitar and vocals. Although the singer was trying as hard as he could to make this acoustic song as loud and dynamic as possible.
Transience hits a lot more than it misses. This is a type of band you want to listen to if you need a boost of energy and don’t have any Red Bull lying around.
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