Rather than release a full album straight off the bat after their debut EP, Stoke-On-Trent based Metalcore act, Black Coast decided to go down a different route, by releasing two connected EPs. The first part arrived last year and demonstrated their pure rage and potential to become one of the subgenres next big-hitters. All that remains on the quintet’s shoulders is being able to follow-up with the same amount of passion.
Without the need for a long winding introduction, Black Coast kick straight into Ill Minds Vol.2 (Primordial) where they left off. Hard-beating drums and Gojira-esque riffs fill the room as Charlie Hewett‘s Stray From The Path influenced vocals spit out into the fray. If you’re after a Metalcore release that screams attitude, Black Coast are your new favourite band.
It is not all screams and riffs for the band though, as interlude track ‘Solace’ displays their instrumentation prowess, sounding like something straight out of Tesseract’s book. Whilst on the surface, Black Coast seems like your general meat-and-potatoes Metalcore act, there are some real progressive elements tucked away in the intricate moments of the EP.
Part two of Ill Minds more than lives up to the hype set from the first and demonstrates so much potential that from just this EP alone, Black Coast should be on everyone’s radar. If they can follow on from this, Black Coast’s future could well be magnificent.
7 / 10