Saviour – Let Me Leave (UNFD)

Genre – Hardcore

Current, fresh and ballsy – Saviour is a breath of fresh air, and one of the best albums to come out of the Australian hardcore scene for decades.

Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, Saviour has had an extremely healthy musical outpouring. Let Me Leave is the band’s sixth studio release, and it’s safe to say, it’s their best yet.

With an eclectic blend of roaring masculinity and delicate, soft vocals, Shontay Snow and Bryant Best have managed to create a beautiful combination of vocal interplay, that mixes Best’s growl with the high pitch softness of Snow’s voice. This unique sound will hit listeners from the off. The contrast is spectacular. And, with the charge of a hardcore band behind them, this mesmerising combination will have fans hooked.

This combination really comes into focus in All I Am Is You, where Best’s vocals take the lead, with Snow offering a delectable, underplayed chorus of ‘Takes my breath away..’ The simplicity offers such a stark contrast to the aggression of the rest of the track, and the softness of the vocals take the track to a new dimension.

Ahead of the release, Saviour released the album’s first single Pressure and Composure. The powerful track once again sees brilliant vocal interplay on show, and is written about the struggles of everyday life and the difficulties of achieving dreams. Powerful and relatable – this is a track many will fall in love with.

Despite the soft nature of Snow’s vocals, this is an album that really soars. The duel guitars of Lindsay Antica and Daniel Reesy, are sonically brilliant. They’re powerful, they’re packed with pace and most importantly, they combine fantastically with the vocals of the front two.

Although this album is predominantly filled with big sounds, things are slowed down at the mid-way point as Snow takes charge in the soft and subtle The Quiet Calm. The appropriately named track sees a strong link between her vocals and the rhythm section, particularly the bass drum.

This mid album breather offers the perfect antidote to the high power hardcore surrounding it, as the album races back into life with Forget Me and the albums standout Like This – a brilliantly intimate, heartfelt number.

One thing is clear, hardcore fans need to listen to this album. This is an almost faultless piece of work from an act that seems to be in the place they want to be.

RUSHONROCK RATED – 9/10 Soft and delicate, yet boisterously masculine!