Winston McCall’s strong and versatile vocals perfectly match the ‘80’s rock’ style riffs that are ever-present throughout the record, showing a likeness to ‘The River’ which also used more melodic guitar work. The buildup of the repeating riffs in ‘Vice Grip’, the gang vocals and the catchy drum beats complement the lyrics, which are seemingly centered around not giving up hope, in a way that makes the 4 minute song not seem long enough. I just hope fans aren’t pushed away by the softer tones of ‘Vice Grip’, bearing in mind that the single will be featured on upcoming album Ire – I’d like to have faith in the band that their new album will be packed full of angry songs, even if ‘Vice Grip’ doesn’t give off a feeling of wrath.
Despite all the negative opinions that seem to be floating around in regards to the new single, the music video (which features the band jumping out of a plane, fire, crowds, a desert and a pretty sunset) is definitely worth a watch, and I believe people will grow to love the song. I look forward to hearing it live – even if nobody else does.
For fans of: August Burns Red, the Amity Affliction, Northlane