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EP Review: Red by Toothless

Chaotic metalcore outfit Toothless release their new EP Red on 30th March. Hailing from Pennsylvania, the metalcore quintet takes heavy, jabbing riffs, blunt drumming fusing them together with sharp melodic vocals while incorporating infleunces like Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Every Time I Die.

“With this EP, I feel like we explored our individual influences more than in the past. We tried to incorporate a bit more groove while also pulling elements from some more obscure genres, like post-metal and drum and bass, to meld with our metalcore/mathcore sound.” – Drummer, James Slattery.

It’s a formidable and pulverising EP, full of huge riffs and chaotic moments that you want to mosh to. Opener ‘Mask’ gets things off to a frantic start with everything done at top speed, but it’s second track ‘Bridges’ that Toothless come to the fore and sound like a credible heir to the metalcore thrown. There’s all the metal tinged hardcore that you could ask for, yet it hones an old school Sepultura sound to give it something extra.

‘Torches’ just goes for all out speed and aggression, it’s exhilarating with its energy but perhaps it lacks the real quality of ‘Bridges’ and following track ‘Broken Toes’ to make it standout. With ‘Broken Toes’ there’s another nod to the old school with flavours of Madball coming through. Unsuprisingly ‘Subtle’ is the most laidback track on the EP showing that it isn’t all about speed and aggression, with Toothless adding the slow burning hard rock to their repertoire. Title track and closer ‘Red’ channels the Every Time I Die influences and flourishes.

There’s more to come from Toothless, but this is a solid start.

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