Album Review: Polaris - The Death Of Me
Artist: Polaris Album: The Death of Me
Review by Wojtek Tomczyk
One of the most anticipated Australian releases of 2020 is finally upon us, and leading progressive metalcore act Polaris are gearing up for their imminent world takeover with their new album ‘The Death of Me’. After the release of ‘The Mortal Coil’, heavy music fans worldwide saw the instant rise of the Sydney based quintet, beginning the touring cycle with The Plot in You, and ending it with a main time slot at UNIFY festival. Today, we see the band reach new lengths with the selling out of venues such as the Enmore Theatre and The Forum Theatre, and this is just the beginning. Layered with passion, torment and intensity, ‘The Death of Me’ is not an album that can be soaked in one or two listens; after every listen, you will always find something new, whether it be in the production, song writing, lyrics or even transitions.
Beginning the album with Pray for Pain, the Sydney based quintet are ready to show the world that their spot in the music industry has been rightfully earned. The opening track to the album, with cynical riffage from Ryan Siew and Rick Schneider, powerful vocal performances by Jamie Hails and Jake Steinhauser, very artistically sets the tone for the whole album as melodic, melancholic and powerful. Follow up track’s Hypermania and Masochist, the leading singles of the album shows the band delving into new territory and experimenting heavily, ranging from the southern metal vibes of Every Time I Die to the melody-based song-writing of The Amity Affliction.
‘The Death of Me’ is complete with interesting, captivating moments, but the song that intrigued me and reeled me into the album the most was Landmine. Beginning with an eerily similar intensity to Slipknot, drummer Daniel Furnaricaptures the ferociousness of Joey Jordison whilst also retaining originality and his own personal flavour. After a pulverising breakdown, we get treated to Siew’s chops as a lead guitarist, taking on a strong influence from Matt Heafy. This is also the first track that Polaris written that include a section with blast beats that compliment the song whilst not being forced.
Tracks such as Creatures of Habit and All Of This Is Fleeting incredibly utilize melody with intensity, allowing for interesting progressions throughout the track filled with interesting staccato riffs. Above My Head feels like a call back to the Monuments/Periphery era of djent, maintaining a 4/4 time signature but utilizing interesting chord progressions and key changes to give the track a strong uniqueness behind it. The final track on the album, The Descent finishes the album on such a strong, emotional note, with meticulous use of harmonics and harmonies that allows the layering to be much more prominent. Whilst some might think the track would drag on, I feel the length appropriately compliments the themes of the album; the seemingly never-ending feeling of sorrow is captured perfectly, with a sudden, abrupt finish, leaving the listener longing for so much more. After almost 3 years, the leaders of the new wave of Australian heavy music Polaris are back to conquer the world with their upcoming sophomore album, ‘The Death of Me’. To say that this album is going to take the band to new heights is an understatement; this album will open a whole new world, especially for the younger musicians starting out. It will be the album that many will look at in the future and reminisce about the impact it had on the Australian Music Industry.
Rating: 10 out of 10
The Death Of Me will be released February 21st via Resist Records. Pre-order your copy now by visiting http://polarisaus.com.au