Review: Idiom – Movement [EP]

By ajcolores

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Exeter lads Idiom have release their new EP Movement which unleashes an alternative fierce blend of alternative metal that is chaos from start to finish. Movement gives a clear indication of where the band are heading - a new alternative metal band, where they appear to be individual in the current crop.

The start of this 6 track EP is immediately fierce. With title track ‘Movement’, heavy guitar riffs dominate every being of the song and the strange keys throughout will give you shivers down your spine (the good shivers though!) Sadly, the drums take a bit of a back seat, with a tiresome drum beat throughout the whole of the track. The best is yet to come however with the chorus and there is no doubt you will be singing it for weeks to come. The lyrics have a truly emotional aspect with the line ‘it takes a feat of a miracle, to make a movement at all’ repeating throughout the chorus. It does seem, however, that Idiom lost the will to write any more lyrics as they stuck to that one deep sentence, in hope that future listeners wouldn’t really notice. Transformation throughout the song, though, is refreshing, possibly highlighting the extent of their musicianship, which is little beyond average. Starting angrily with a strong stand the song wavers off peacefully, signing off with a piano melody.

When you're truly angry and see nothing but red, this is the track that should play out in your head. ‘Braindead’ comes with true malice running deep through the dissonant, heavy riffs. The real message of this song: we’re angry and with the words ‘I see through people like you, people who stick just like glue’ the message is crystal clear. Yet, again it’s disappointing to have another track with features the same lyrics sung over and over again. Where’s the originality? The anger runs smoothly throughout Movement with ‘Said and Done’ which is enhanced by the guitar riffs. Yet it seems out of place, lacking the punch in the head you’re expecting like at the start of the EP. Vocally, it drags the track down, lacking any real attitude.

Movement includes other notable tracks such as ‘Cold Night Run’ that is huge with its convincing riff and screaming vocals which work hand in hand together. ‘Red’ closes the EP adequately as it embraces every thing that Idiom stand for. The croaky vocals seem to waver slightly, however it crams rock star solos, a catchy chorus and incendiary riffs.

Movement is set to be released in conjunction with Metal Hammer magazine. This is a great platform for Idiom to reach out to potential fans and give us all a taste of what they’re good at doing. All in all, you can enjoy vicious riffs and some back biting vocals, yet Idiom's best ideas seem to fade in and out a long the way.

Standout track: 'Movement'

Movement is out now! Get it with a copy of Metal Hammer magazine.

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