Listening to Letter to the Exiles, I found myself reminded of Veil of Maya. Well-textured and rhythmically complex guitars and drums are a constant throughout the record, as are atmospheric sections vaguely reminiscent of Touche Amore and their melodic hardcore brethren. The clean vocals, while typically well done, feel formulaic at times and seem to come just a bit too often in the tracklisting. Some of the same can be said for Chris King’s screams: his vocal tone is consistently good and the lyrics strike a good balance between stark spirituality and poetry, but one finds oneself often anticipating the vocal patterns before they come. All that being said, ‘Make Amends’ is a solid metalcore effort. Fans of djent-influenced tech metal will enjoy the record (particularly the first half) in addition to the metalcore cadre.
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