Hailing from South Wales (a hot bed of new talent, spawning more than their fair share of bands), these four self-proclaimed computer game geeks formed in 2011 and this is their third EP.
The press release describes them as pop-punkers, which really doesn't do them credit (it makes them sound like Green Day); while there is a fair element of that – there's some melodic alternative metal in there too which gives them a pair of sweaty hairy bollocks in comparison, while keeping the tunes both catchy and edgy.
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The five tracks kick off with 'War On The Weekend', which opens with a crunchy riff, that then adds some staccato chops when the vocals start.
'Monsoon Season In Machine City' opens in a kind of grungy fashion but the melodic yet rough bass and guitar riffs are energetic. Their middle break sees the guitar ease up to pick while the rhythm pounds and the vocal harmonies remain at the front.
'This One's For You' again mixes metal and pop punk, and there's a particularly heavy section in the middle and has some lighter dirty grungy moments.
This is definitely a good metal release but there are plenty of melodic and pop/punk moments and some catchy riffs along the way.
Manhattan Coast are:
Nick Lane - Vocals
Geraint Rees - Guitars
Adam Jones - Bass & Backing Vocals
Dan Ryan - Drums
EP Release Tour:
13/02 - De Bliksem, Den Helder (NL)
14/02 - Carpe Diem, Hasselt (BE)
15/02 - De Duycker, Hoofddorp (NL)
16/02 - Blaues Haus, Mönchengladbach (GER)
21/02 - Hobos, Bridgend (UK) w/ Forever After
22/02 - Racehorse, Northampton (UK) w/ Forever After
23/02 - White Horse, Colchester (UK) w/ Forever After