Just(defied)

An Album By

Bruised But Not Broken

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Openly embracing the synth, Bruised But Not Broken are just out of high school, starting off their metalcore journey. Their youth is an asset, keeping them hip, as their synth-metal sound is undeniably entertaining on record, and is sure to induce dance pits nationwide.

Hailing from Charlotte, NC, BBNB can wax operatic underneath tasty guitar licks, move seamlessly from breakdown to breakdown, and keep the listener on their toes — the number of movements in each song make it fun to enjoy the whole way through.

The keyboards are a great addition to the first two tracks on this five-song EP, but they really shine in the somewhat titular “Just(defied) Sin.” The way an orchestra can take an unblack metal release to a new level, the synth here adds one more layer to the already complex songwriting. And for good measure, they throw in a house-rave beat to bridge the song to the final breakdown.

Without a doubt, BBNB should be on your list of band’s to check out. They return to the studio to record their full-length in July, and if this EP is any indicator, we should be hearing a lot more from these guys in the future.

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