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Album review: Flood Of Red - 'Leaving Everything Behind' (Dark City)

Life beyond screamo - it does exist

Album review: Flood Of Red - 'Leaving Everything Behind' (Dark City)

7 / 10 On this, their debut LP, Flood Of Red have sidestepped their screamo past in favour of a more mature sound. And guess what? It’s not bad. ‘Leaving Everything Behind’ neatly avoids the pitfalls of the group’s erstwhile genre of choice; faux-American accents are replaced by Caledonian tones, and overblown emotion is pushed to one side to make way for quiet vulnerability. Jordan Spiers’ vocals soar on ‘Hope Street’ as he sings “This is how it feels to be a ghost inside your skin” over a combative rhythm section that yearns to break free. Not sure how Mr Weller would feel about it but, as a coming-of-age album, it’s the post-screamo Scottish ‘Town Called Malice’.

Ailbhe Malone

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