State Faults

Desolate Peaks

Written by: PP on 18/12/2012 21:26:57

I've only heard a handful of screamers as capable of displaying such utter and total desperation through their vocal chords as the dude for State Faults. Off the top of my head, Pianos Become The Teeth, The Saddest Landscape, perhaps even Thursday's Geoff Rickley come to mind, but either way, those had to be some heavily damaged and torn vocal chords once the recording session for "Desolate Peaks" was over. That is likely why the rest of the band opts for a role slightly in the background, providing spacious and oh-so-90s screamo type of instrumentation with post-rock undertones.

The resulting soundscape isn't as chaotic as many of the emo/powerviolence revivalist bands that have flourished as of late, and instead borrows from the nostalgic discordance of Touché Amoré and from the quieter and more echoing ambitions of bands like Pianos Become The Teeth. It's the perfect platform for their vocalist to show what passionate delivery really means - it is indisputable that this dude is delivering a monumental vocal performance in every passage, evident in the crackling and breaking nature of his voice as his high-pitched screams echo across the soundscape.

On top of all that, the band's songwriting is solid, resulting in soaring melodies that climax at just the right moments during songs like "Cities", "Faultlines", and "Teeth And Bones", where post-rock influenced guitars crash into punk-ish passages and chaotic sequences, where the harsh screams meet their polar opposite in guitar melodies. Like so many other revivalist bands like them, it's difficult to pick State Faults apart because of how much passion and honesty their sound carries. Because of a total belief in their own sound, the band sound as convincing as any band in this genre.


Download: Cities, Faultlines, Teeth And Bones
For the fans of: Pianos Become The Teeth, Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape
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Release date 08.05.2012
Tiny Engines

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