Kent metalcore quintet Cove are about to blow away the UK metal scene with an EP that is crushingly brilliant.
The five-piece, our New Band of the Week last month, have returned all guns blazing with their second record A Conscious Motion, which is released tomorrow. Produced by Oz Craggs (Feed The Rhino, Mallory Knox and Neck Deep), it fuses huge metalcore riffs and screamed vocals with glimpses of occasional, unexpected melody.
Opening track Coincide:Collide sets the scene in monumental fashion. It opens up with a menacing intro that we previously compared to Slipknot track Scissors – during which you’re almost expecting to hear the creepy opening Corey Taylor vocals kick in. In Cove’s case, slow lingering guitars soon join in alongside a slow, dominant drumbeat, then a distant ascending guitar gives way to a huge wall of low-tuned guitars.
The opening verse consists of high-pitched vocals floating over drawn-out guitars as it builds towards a huge chorus of screamed vocals that opens up “I can’t take this let’s burn it to the ground,” then ends on a big scream and a smash of booming guitars and drums. The second chorus flows into big melodic vocals and floaty high-pitched guitars that hang over the backdrop of low-tuned guitars and pounding drums.
That huge opening to the EP is swiftly followed by something even more bone-crushingly heavy in Solis. It opens up with frontman Ben Shorten screaming “This is the beginning of the story” then unleashing a blitz of huge screamed vocals over darting guitar riffs and driving drums. A cool guitar riff follows as more screamed vocals, including a cry of “How can you live like this?”, follow.
A pause of big palm-muted guitars are soon joined by more screamed vocals that flow into a more melodic chorus of clean vocals “All you wanted was a glimpse of light, Blinded by false ambition, All you wanted was a sense of life,” between screamed responses with big floaty guitars in support. That’s immediately met by bouncy guitar riffs supporting big screams that end on “No more losing you” and give way to more lively low-tuned riffs, that continue through more screamed vocals. The guitars drop out as low screams gradually build up towards another big chorus, which drops into backing vocals repeating the chorus vocals. Check it out this monster of a track in the video below:
Next up, All I Believe begins with high-pitched repeating guitar riff then a blast of heavier chords. They drop into a laid-back verse “Where is your home, It’s getting far too cold, The sun has gone to sleep, And the night has taken hold. Where is your God, When needed the most, He’s the father and the son, But to you a ghost” as a big smash of guitars kick in over the last line and usher in a barrage of wild vocals that end on two huge screams.
Big guitar chords follow and drop into more relaxed vocals of “Where are you now, You’re just lost, You can’t be found” with just the bass for support, then a repeated scream of “‘Cos you’re not worth the cause” over a cool jumpy riff. A scream of “He’s the father and the son, But to you just a lonely ghost” ushers in another smash of wild screamed vocals over big background guitar chords. A heavier version of the second round of relaxed vocals takes us through to the end, finishing on the line “So now this time is the last time, You’re lost in the cold, Your perception has been taken, Your beliefs have all now failed you.” It’s a brutal, emotional track that commands a bit of recovery time, which is delivered in interlude track Host.
The EP closes out with Reflect:Resolve, which opens with a little hit of guitar, a drum crash then a wall of guitar riff with high-pitched guitars over the top. A big screamed verse follows with the same guitars in support, then faster, more frantic riffs kick in ahead of a return of the original riff. A brief pause for breath, then the same riff returns under more huge vocals, then another pause with clean flicks of guitar followed by distant clean vocals.
Building guitars creep in, then a big high pitched guitar line blasts out over supporting guitar chords that continue over big screams as the track brings the EP to a pretty epic ending.
Discussing the new record with us last month, Pete said: “I think people can expect diversity. Something we pride ourselves on is not writing an EP full of exactly the same song, there are elements which we have never explored before, which is really exciting for us as we feel it has opened new doors. We’ve taken our previous sound and tried to look at ways we can make it translate better live, and sound bigger on a record.”
This is a phenomenally good, crushingly heavy record that could propel a band that’s already been played on BBC Radio 1 into some pretty amazing places – which can only be a good thing for UK metal.
A Conscious Motion is out now and available on all platforms here. There’s plenty more to come from the band too, as Pete tells us: “We’re always writing new music so the follow up to ACM is already well underway. People can expect to see us at as many shows as possible throughout the year, we’re hungry to get out there and play to as many people as possible!”
You can also see Cove live throughout April, with shows in London, Bournemouth, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham. More info on all their gigs is here.