Editor's Rating

Have a listen to "Pet Sematary"

Rating out of 10

Energy – Apparition Sound

Release Date: February 3rd, 2017
Monster Party Records
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/apparition-sound/id1068209969

Energy formed in 2006 in the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. Over the last decade, Energy’s signature style of sombre, melancholy melodies and introspective lyrics combined with infectiously poppy hooks has truly cemented them as one of Boston’s most unique bands. Fast forward to 2017 and Energy have finally released ‘Apparition Sound’ in the UK as a follow up to their 2010 EP, ‘Walk Into The Fire’, an album that was a creation fully by frontman, TANK.

The common comparison to Energy is AFI, a lot of it due to TANK’s rather similar voice to Davey Havok, both with his impressive singing voice and some fairly coarse shouts. The other close comparison is the style of melodic punk rock mixed with alternative rock vibes. It’s an album full of catchy hooks and chilled out melodies, balanced out by a positive energy that makes you want to dance and rock out. Stand out tracks ‘The Shadows’ and the Ramones cover of ‘Pet Semetary’ are the perfect examples of this. Especially the cover, which the extremely catchy chorus just sucks you in to sing along.

Opening track ‘Renascentia’ is somewhat a tease of what to expect on the release, the instrumental intro builds into ‘New Worlds Of Fear’, where both give the illusion that this might be a heavy album at first. Pounding beats and crunchy riffs flood the start of ‘Apparition Sound’ and throat tearing screams kick off into ‘New Worlds Of Fear’. Shortly after we hear TANK’s soft voice Havok-like voice that shifts from the soothing to the dramatic. It’s a heavy punk rock opener with some killer riffs that make you bang your head to.

The rest of the EP does, however, head to the catchy and melodic atmosphere, ‘Another Yesterday’ and ‘Dead In Dreamland’ are essentially pop-punk anthems like ‘Pet Semetary’. More attention grabbing choruses with infectious melodies that you can’t help but at least hum to. The only track that doesn’t seem to hold this vibe is the slow burning last track, ‘They’. It starts off acoustically, with soft piano in the background and a sombre attitude that evolves into an ominously dramatic piece. The album epically closes with a phenomenally fiddly guitar solo that shreds and whines for a complete wow factor.

The tone of the album emits the same horror/gothic punk vibe that suits AFI and Creeper, I’d even say that the opening tracks would fit right in on an early 2000s AFI album like ‘Sing The Sorrow’. I’d have loved more of the darker, heavier tones that Energy released here. But, I can’t deny that the catchy atmosphere they unleash with the rest of the album is probably the more hooking factor of ‘Apparition Sound’, the pop-punk vibes really drag you in. The main downer is that the album is over so quickly, even for eight tracks, it feels like the album just flies by before you can really get into it.

For fans of: Creeper, AFI, +44

Check out the video for ‘Pet Sematary’ below

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