Genre/Influences: Industrial, metal.
Background/Info: Escape To What was set up in 2017 by James Orez and Jan O. They claim to mix industrial- and metal music, being inspired by bands such as NIN, Deftones, Fear Factory, 3Teeth, Skinny Puppy ao. Among the six songs you’ll discover three cuts that will be featured on the band’s upcoming album.
Content: This EP (which rather looks as a mini-album) takes off with the unpolished and brutal “The Vacant Ones”. The guitar playing is harsh and industrial like, which creates a great match with the vocals. This opener also is the heaviest cut of the work, Escape To What also composing some ‘softer’ songs, which feel a bit like intermezzos. The last song is composed with some piano play creating rather evasive moments while evolving towards harder passages with whispering vocals.
+ + + : I like the debut song –which will be featured at the band’s upcoming album, for its unpolished production and merciless format. The next song coming up (cf. “Pandemonia (Can You Feel Me)” is somewhat different, but I here again like the guitar playing for its mewing sound. “When The Still Move”, which is the last song, reveals an interesting duality between a dreamy and a harder part.
– – – : The songs are pretty short and sometimes feel like being unachieved; like a kind of demo for a next and hopefully more elaborated work.
Conclusion: I can’t say to have been seriously impressed by this work, but I’m convinced there’s more potential hiding in this band than what came out on this EP.
Best songs: “The Vacant Ones”, “When The Still Move”.