Telos

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Forevermore

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Telos is Indianapolis metalcore outfit Forevermore’s debut release on Solid State Records, but its ten tracks prove the band already knows a thing or two about putting together a quality record. The addition of former Onward to Olympas vocalist Kramer Lowe introduces a previously absent element of brutality, creating a unique brand of metalcore when combined with the djent guitar tones and a heavy dose of syncopation.

The record begins with “Force Fed,” which shows off the polished skills of lead guitarist Jared Storm through the execution of a catchy riff, then leads into a crushing breakdown paired with a shower of cymbal hits by drummer Sammy Vaughn. Vaughn’s ability to add flavor to each track with ghost notes and innovative fills sets him apart as one of the premier metalcore drummers in the game.

“Wormtongue” is another highlight track. It begins with a breakdown composed of quick, djent-like strums, which appears again near the end of the track. The chorus shows off Lowe’s clean singing abilities, nowhere to be found in the music of his previous band. “Paper World” features one of the most chilling moments on the record, where Lowe passionately screams “never will I settle in this grave that you call home” amongst a backdrop of heavy chords. “Transcendence” and the anthemic “State of Gold” are also standouts.

Telos is mixed very well, providing a crisp sound that stands out in a scene of generic metalcore acts. Having seen the band live twice in the past month, I can vouch that this fresh sound carries over to Forevermore’s live show. The newest Solid State signee certainly does not disappoint.

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