Deliberating on the blackness and emptiness of existence, Spilt Cities’ music provides a hunting mix of acoustic sounds and electric guitar strums. Their latest EP Build/Rebuild can easily be described as an efficient and powerful stress release. The band, placing five songs on their new EP, spares no expense in telling us what lurks underneath the surface.
The tracks, after the second song Broken, begin to sound eerily similar. This metal-rock compilation places the listener in a polarising trance. Given the genre’s roots, each track has something to say about heartache, pain, regret, and love. I, after adjusting to the group’s visceral sound and discomforting tone, became increasingly fascinated with each passing track.
The first track, Your Old Ghost, starts out slow. The combination of a catchy beat with deep, gritty vocals makes for an efficient build up. Thanks to the chorus, the song becomes one of the many searing metal hits this band promises. The song, despite its thumping tempo, becomes a poetic and powerful track. Lyrics like: “took my hand and smashed it, didn’t make a sound,” potently deliberate on identity, instability, and tragedy. This story, made whole by a chaotic and poetic denouement, becomes an intriguing introduction. The second track emphasises the band’s familiar sounds. Their wailing vocals, hurriedly building to an effective climax, develop the sickly dark first verse before the thumping chorus kicks in.
It’s by the third track, Ashes in the End, that Spilt Cities becomes more than just another average metal group. Reaching for a more controlled tempo, the dynamic rhythm and unique base guitar riffs stand out. Despite the dour tone, the group shows signs of expanding their range and becoming a key Perth-based rock group. The thundering echoes of their standout song ring throughout the EP. Similarly, the fourth track’s unique introduction, The Ship, overshadows the memorable vocals. This moody track, bursting with heavy-set guitar riffs and scorching lyrics, elevates the EP’s methodical pace.
Despite the ever-changing tone, the fifth and final track, Apparent Horizon, is fit for Spilt Cities’ unencumbered vision. Despite its familiar tone and rhythm, this track takes several turns. Thanks to its ambitiousness, the EP aptly distinguishes itself. Throughout each track, each note presents a deep-seeded emotion or goal. Despite minor quarrels, this EP marks a scintillating awakening for this unique and methodical rock-metal group.