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POLARIS: Fatalism

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There’s a lot attached to this album. Everyone in the metal community knows how anticipated and important this release is.

Polaris fans, you will not be disappointed by this album. It fucking slaps, what can I say?

Polaris have an amazing knack for balancing heavy music with angelic clean vocals that really take you on an emotional ride. Emotional in that you really do feel all the emotions… sadness, angst, and pure joy all in one. They blessed us with 11 songs, and I couldn’t be happier with how the album turned out.

Polaris really are cemented as Australian metalcore legends and should be so damn proud of all they’ve accomplished. I can’t help but get excited knowing that along with its release we also have the chance to watch Polaris play this album live on their Australian tour.

Of course, I want to pay my respects to Polaris in the passing of their brother, Ryan Siew. His contribution to Polaris and this album is an amazing gift to us all and something to cherish forever more. The unity, love and pure strength the band has shown in releasing Fatalism and continuing the tour in his honour is something for everyone to look up to, and I can’t wait for Australia to show them their love and appreciation for what they are doing.

Harbinger: The opening track starts off with airy and ambient vocals from Jake Steinhauser coming through immediately putting you at ease knowing exactly what you’re in for. The song builds up into an almost anthem-style song and really is a perfect start to set the tone for this album.

Nightmare: This starts off heavy and gets you excited right off the bat. The guitar and drum combo makes you want to get up and fucking jump. Nightmare comes with a really catchy hook teamed with a tasty breakdown in the middle. I don’t go to the gym but if I did, I would blast this song. “Too sedated to notice, we’re living in a nightmare. A pre-apocalyptic wasteland”.

Parasites: Parasites starts off with a few bars of techno and quickly progresses into an all-out assault. Right in the guts of the song you hear “I hope you choke” a few times… Since I was a wee grasshopper, I’ve fucking loved that line and I still love it to this day. It always makes you want to pull a stank face and scream it at someone.

Overflow: This is the kind of song you’d blast in your car and sing your fucking heart out to. The lyrics are emotionally charged and it’s quite a beautiful song. “Where do I shelter when it’s raining inside? No peace and quiet from the noise in my mind”. There’s no shortage of people who would relate to this. This is the one that will get stuck in your head over and over.

With Regards: The start of this song almost gave me ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ vibes, but I was quickly put in my place. It opens up immediately to hard drums and guitar riffs that make you subconsciously bang your head along to it.

Inhumane: Love the start to this song. It’s my jam, you just know it’s going to be a goddamn banger. There’s this flow that carries this song throughout along with that cruising bassline, and it’s fucking great. It’s another song that has dark content but it uplighting at the same time. This whole album is catered to people who feel alone or on the outer and has these songs that make you feel a little less alone. The solo in the middle is not what you expect, it’s kind of outer-worldly but still fits immaculately. A Ryan Siew Special.

The Crossfire: A calm start to this song with nice guitar picking, slowly adding in layers until it bursts into climax. I can already picture everyone singing along to this in unison at their shows. The middle of the song gets nice and intense with double kicks holding your hand all the way.

Dissipate: Another instant headbanger. Fuck it’s just so good, makes you want to get out and fucking swing fists in a pit… completely unleash. Gives you a nasty breakdown at the end to really finish you off.

Aftertouch: Aftertouch provides you with momentary calmness, you can catch your breath now… Beautiful vocals teamed with strong drums that provide a powerful moment on the album. These guys have an amazing knack for providing something for all their fans. This is a song you could listen to over and over again until fully lose yourself in it.

All In Vein: The closing track for Fatalism starts off as though you are in a sci-fi film, and you’re about to be chased by something that definitely wants to kill you. This song builds up perfectly and sounds HUGE. Great way to finish off the album. Another tasty offering from the boys and one I could listen to over and over again.

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