Leicester’s modern metal/metalcore/prog metal champions Fractions have a new single to peddle and “Soundness Of Mind” is an expansive, highly emotional, crunching, melodic proggy powerhouse which practically renders the term ‘metalcore’ redundant.
Sure, it has the expected mix of growled/clean vocals but Fractions are so much more than mere Killswitch Engage / Parkway Drive copyists. This thing soars, going to places you don’t expect and fully harnesses the adventurous spirit laid down on their self-produced 5-track EP, Forces, which was released in the Summer of 2017.
Vocalist Chris Hare explains more:
“Soundness of mind” delves into paranoia, that ever present nagging feeling that everyone is scheming behind your back, the feeling that your life is almost like a play, nothing is real and everyone is fake. The feeling that even those you hold close are secretly laughing at you. But it’s all in your head, and you need to realise this in order to change”
These guys are ridiculously talented, and their ability to compose ‘heavy’ songs, with a more palatable edge, should see them exit the confines of straight-up metalcore and enter the same domain currently occupied by While She Sleeps. 8/10
Fractions’ “Soundness Of Mind” is due for release, via all digital outlets, on 29th January 2019.