Sonic Pulse is from the incredibly metal-rich scene of Boston, Massachusetts, and offers up something a little bit different from most of their thrash-oriented peers. This band’s take on metal combines the incredible technical virtuosity of Dragonforce alongside a more traditional power/thrash sound. All three songs on this EP display a level of talent that will make you want to quit whatever instrument you might play, but Sonic Pulse doesn’t rely solely on shredding, as there are quite a few decent riffs throughout the EP. The production unfortunately is not as clean as one might hope, making the excessive guitar work a little difficult to discern at times. Nevertheless, the playing is tight enough to make up for this issue.
All three songs on “Adventure Time” are relatively similar in terms of sound: speedy tempos, lightning-fast guitar work, occasional stunning bass playing, and relatively competent, but unspectacular drumming. The vocals are shouted and definitely take influence from many old-school thrash bands where the guy who could shout the best was the singer. This approach is particularly effective because it provides contrast to the high-pitched melodies that the guitars frequently play.
As the EP soldiers on, the songs continue to get longer. This does not deter the band; in fact, the 8-minute closing track is every bit as good as the first two. Although there are some clear choruses on these songs, it would be nice to see the band work a bit more towards memorability. Nevertheless, this release rages all throughout, and fans of particularly guitar-driven work will definitely enjoy it. As an aside, Sonic Pulse is far more potent live than on the record. If they’re coming near you, go see them and prepare to be amazed by their technical prowess!
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3.75/5 or 75%.
Written by Scott