Back in 2021 we were first introduced to WhiteRoomNightmare which is a solo project from Belfast, UK. The album The Way Of All Things? was a solid effort displaying an edgy metal sound. The artist is back with an even more focused and crafted release First Impressions Last.
“First Impressions Last” is the title track and it doesn't take long to get into a heavy and commanding sound. The guitar is covered in a distortion, the drums drive and there’s a dark yet visceral energy to the song. It seems to be about a romantic relationship that went sour but there are other themes as well. Take for instance the opening lines “I once was trusting and naive / But now my eyes are open / I opened up myself to you / You left me bruised and broken.” Lines like “Concocting alibis / Arrange a trial / For clearing your name / Tears of a crocodile” are more ambiguous. There’s also a killer guitar solo on this song. In fact a couple. Black Sabbath songs came to mind at points.
“IdiotsMart” was a highlight. This is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard from the artist and the most single worthy on the EP. The song contains a killer groove but it’s the exceptional vocal performance that brings it to the next level. There are subtle builds throughout the song which I thought were well done and displayed the well done dynamics.
“Blood On Stone” felt like the darkest song yet. It sounded like a mix of bands like Alice In Chains and Sunn O))). There’s a subterranean breakdown around the two-and-a-half-minute mark which leads back to the chorus which I thought was well implemented.
“Minor Loss Of Fidelity” is next and showcases some killer riffs and grooves. I always love when distortion turns into drones and that’s what happens throughout the song. The more sinister affectation you heard isn’t as prevalent. At points this song reminded me of Soundgarden. “Jericho” contains more intense playing and sharp jagged guitars in the spirit of a band like Tool. This was another highlight to my ears. The artist crushes the vocals showing some range from Trent Reznor like whispers to a more intense growl. I also loved the guitar work as well.
I thought this release displayed some of the artist's growth. It felt like he was a little more comfortable and showcased different sides of his talent. Recommended.
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