The Mortal Coil - Polaris
Album: The Mortal Coil
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Review by Tomina Vincent
There is a lot of hype around Polaris at the moment, and rightly so. The current melodic metalcore revival is in full swing, and Australia seems to be in the forefront of it all. But what stands out to me is the confidence and flair the band present themselves with. Famous for their energetic live shows, a fanatically dedicated fan base, dominating the airways with heir latest single ‘The Remedy’, appearing on BigSound this year and announcing their Parkway Drive support just this week, Polaris are sure to explode in 2017. Today we are privileged enough to hear their debut album The Mortal Coil.
The band took a different approach in the making of this record, renting out a holiday house and bunkering down for a month to record, with the help of Carson Slovak and Grant MacFarland of Atrium Audio. The result is nothing short of impressive. World-class production meets raw energy in a concoction of post-hardcore and metalcore that is both memorable and commanding. Many influences can be named here: The Amity Affliction, In Hearts Wake, Parkway Drive. Polaris can hold their ground next to any of those acts, and The Mortal Coil is a testament to that. Tracks like Relapse and Dusk To Day showcase the band’s enthusiasm for progressive metal, while standouts Casualty and Lucid bring on the heavy, with Frailty delivering an almost Dillinger-esque vibe that breaks into a full on pop-punk chorus. I particularly enjoyed the fact that every track has that little bit of a progressive edge in somewhat of a Periphery way, making the album a refreshing and interesting listen. It becomes instantly apparent that Polaris is composed of incredible musicians – there is a tasteful complexity characteristic of a band way beyond their years.
The Mortal Coil is an impressive offering sure to please many. Polaris have delivered a great sounding album and lived up to the hype 100%. Predictable one moment and beautifully innovative the next, this album is one for every metalcore fan’s collection: a debut of such magnitude, that it’s difficult to accept Polaris aren’t a worldwide success. It’s only a matter of time.
Favourite track: Consume
9 out of 10.