Honour Crest’s new full length release, Metrics is a work that established fans of this band will likely enjoy. The Virginia Beach, VA based band continues its tradition of melding electronics and heavier metalcore sounds to make a sound similar to that of Fear Factory, Spineshank, and Crossbreed. One of the best examples of the band’s abilities on this release is in its new single, ‘Horcrux.’ Not only does it impress with its melding of electronic elements and its more metal side, but lyrically, it breaks the mold of the standard relationship based songs. Front man Lucas Borza writes in this song, “We cannot give in/No matter what they will tell us/Our hearts were made to withstand/We cannot give in/No matter what/They will test us/and push us/To the very edge/We cannot give in.” It’s a very empowering song that will appeal not only to younger listeners, but even to older audiences as there will always be those who will test us and push us to the edge, just as the song’s chorus notes. The combination of this song’s lyrics and music makes it easily one of the best tracks on this release.
The band impresses just as much on the album’s opener, ‘Flux.’ Again, it carries a theme of personal strength mixed with a balance of electronics and harder edged metalcore sounds. Borza writes in this song, “Stop/Hold your ground/Our enemies can never/Breach these walls/I persevere/In a place that has no cover.” Again, there is that sense of self assurance and empowerment. That positive message, mixed with the musical backing of the song will make it another fan favorite.
Metrics boasts even more interesting tracks than just this pair. For example, the pairing of ‘Interlude’, which comes in at just under a minute and a half, and ‘Search and Seizure’ sound like they could have easily fit onto the soundtrack to Disney’s Tron Legacy. Forget the lyrical content. The musical side of this combination makes for another high point to this EP. Metrics is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/metrics/id564027702. Fans will also get the chance to hear the band’s music live as it is touring in support of the new release. The band will be performing in Richmond, VA today, and then follow that with a home town show tomorrow in Virginia Beach. The band will also be in Raleigh, North Carolina for its NC based fans on Sunday, November 4th.Fans can get a full tour listing and all the latest from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/honourcrest.
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