AMBER: Lovesaken: LP

May 30, 2014

Amber is a post-hardcore outfit from Marburg, Germany. The songs all fall into the genre’s typical trappings: reverb-drenched clean guitar sections, distorted crescendos, strained vocals, and songs on the longer side. (“Lovesaken” is a whopping ten minutes.) The more notable moments conjure Envy or City Of Caterpillar, but the album quickly grows redundant. Amber would benefit from tempo changes or musical variation other than the clichérise-then-fall patterns and absolute despair tone that is analogous with the genre. Otherwise, it’s a solid—but forgettable—addition to any screamo or post-hardcore fan’s collection. 

 –Sean Arenas (Halo Of Flies, halooffliesrecords.com, [email protected] / Narshardaa, narshardaa.com, [email protected] / Protagonist, protagonistmusic.com)

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