Polaris doesn’t hold back anything on this, their debut album This Mortal Coil, showing the world what the Australian metalcore scene is capable of. Having been around for 3 years and already having amazing success with their EP Guilt and the Grief, back in 2016, this quintet certainly know what they are doing and what they want to achieve.
With “The Mortal Coil” produced in their own studio, Polaris are undeniably at home behind their instruments, microphones and in front of their eager audience. They pull no punches and throw you headfirst into their sound with “Lucid”. Starting off with Daniel Furani‘s drums accompanying Jamie Hails‘ growling vocals which transition into the descant vocals of Jake Steinhauser before taking a short ‘break’ for everyone (listeners and band members alike) to catch their breath before jumping back into the high-octane energy that you can tell these guys will have on stage.
“The Remedy” was the first track to be released from this album and you can see why – it’s got catchy lyrics and great riffs. The drumming massively compliments the whole track, keeping everything bouncing along you can already see crowds of people jumping and moving to Daniel’s prowess on the drums. Not only is it a great song, the video is fantastically done and all with the aid of a green screen in Daniel and Jake’s old high school.
“In Somnus Veritas” is the mid-way point of this album. Starting off as a more instrumental track, you get the feeling that this may be taking the album in a different direction. With some great guitar fading, you can see why they chose “truth in sleep” to be the title of this song. This is the shortest song on the album but by no means does this mean that it is any less powerful than the other 10. It is a well placed and well-written piece gearing you up for the second half of this dynamic debut album.
“Sonder” brings this album to a close, but it continues to have the energy that you have grown to expect over the 11 powerful songs that these guys have created. With great reverb on the guitars and thought-provoking lyrics such as “where is your heart? Does it grow weaker each time you think…”, you can’t help but wonder about what life experiences led them to write this song. Daniel brought this album in and he brings the album to a definitive end.
Polaris are currently touring Australia on the back of This Mortal Coil and if this is any indication as to the energy of their live shows, they are not to be missed so keep an eye on your local venues as they may well be playing near you.