Album: The Death Of Me
Label: Resist Records
Release Date: Feb 21st 2020
Reviewer: Andrew Treadwell
2 years after their blistering album “The Mortal Coil”, Polaris are set to unleash their new opus “The Death Of Me”. I was first introduced to the band a few years back, when they played a super small venue here in Brisbane. From then on the band have just kept growing and growing and this new album is no different.
The band dynamic is in itself interesting. Most bands the primary writers are lead guitarist and singer combos. Polaris clearly don’t play by any rules, as the brainchild for a lot of their work is from Drummer Daniel Furnari. Furnari has you feeling a wide range of emotions throughout the record and probably some you have been avoiding feeling. This gets delivered through not just the other instruments but the soaring melodies and vocals of Jamie Halls. His control of his voice is outstanding allowing him to bring it down to clean and subtle levels to absolute “I’ll Rip Your Face Off” vocal beat downs.
The opener “Pray For Rain” sets a mood with some clean sounds and then Halls comes in with screams of pain, with the song building behind him. Next up is “Hypermania” with its full on sonic assault, with no let up insight. “Masochist” is a particularly emotional song, but has a wide ranging sound which will appeal to new listeners and long term fans alike.
Songs like “Martyr” showcases the individual talents of the band. Dynamic vocals, fantastic playing and melodies that weave in and out of each other, make this for me the standout track on the album, and as mentioned before, full of emotion.
“Vagabond” is just an all out riff fest, stage ready, and hopefully part of the upcoming tour, which is proudly almost all sold out. By the way check the chorus vocals and after chorus riff fest for the definition of cool. It almost has sister songs in “Above My Head” and “Landmine”, though the latter is so damn heavy, its almost scary, but in a perfectly beautiful way.
Most bands are scared to grow from album to album. Polaris has done this in leaps and bounds. The songs, the playing and the production of this album just shine, from beginning to end. They have certainly put any critics firmly in their place with “The Death Of Me”
Pray for Rain
Creatures of Habit
Above my Head
All of This is Fleeting
Daniel Furnari – Drums
Jamie Hails – Vocals
Ryan Siew – Guitar
Jake Steinhauser – Bass & Vocals
Rick Schneider – Guitar
THE DEATH OF ME AUSTRALIAN TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: WAGE WAR (USA), CRYSTAL LAKE (JAPAN)& ALPHA WOLF (AUS)
FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY: THE GOV, ADELAIDE LIC AA SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY: THE FORUM, MELBOURNE 18+ SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY: ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH LIC AA*
MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY: THE GOV, ADELAIDE LIC AA NEW SHOW
FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY: ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY LIC AA – SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY: THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE 18+ SOLD OUT!