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Album Review: As Above, So Below by Patrons

Plymouth quartet Patrons release their debut album As Above, So Below on 31st March via Rose Coloured Records. The band draw inspiration from personal events, feeding on whatever life throws at them. Musically, the bands influences are ever growing; yet there is a deep-rooted love of the epic scale of song-craft by bands like Biffy Clyro, Brand New, Thrice and Reuben.

On the new record, guitarist, Mark Hoynes said “We’re really proud of the songs on our forthcoming record, ‘As Above, So Below’, and are really excited to share them with the world. Hopefully, you can enjoy the songs as much as we have creating them; we’ve learned so much through bringing this to life. Play it loud!”

On the whole As Above, So Below is a thoroughly enjoyable album. There’s one big issue that raises its head though. Once you hear it you’ll struggle to get past it. The issue being that Patrons seem to be a band that have spent too much time listening to Vertigo Of Bliss by Biffy Clyro, realised this and decided to add in a splash of Thrice to disguise it. If, like us, you love both the aforementioned bands it probably won’t be that much of problem even though it casts a pretty imposing shadow over proceedings.

If this was something new, As Above, So Below could be considered something special. Unfortunately, at times it plays as a homage to its influences rather than casting its own wings. Opening track ‘First of The Slow Burners’ promises big riffs and anthemic choruses, and while ‘Shapes In Nature’ delivers this it does so at the cost of being a Biffy Clyro tribute.

Both ‘The Art of Conversation’ and ‘Listen’ come close to becoming good original sounding tracks, however the band sound better on ‘Eighty Four’ and ‘Everything Matters’ where originality certainly isn’t the main feature. The visceral aggression at the heart of ‘War & Peace’ is refreshing before ‘Army of One’ reverts to the Biffy Clyro homage.

None of the songs on As Above, So Below are bad, it just a little too close to its influences. Sure, you’ll probably enjoy it but it isn’t an album you’ll rush back to.

AD Rating 5/10

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