Solemn cuts In Somnus Veritas and Dusk To Day do their best to slow the tempo but the dizzying peaks of the opening tracks leave you pining for more of that whirring energy. Most interesting is the tug-o-war between guitarists Rick Schneider and Ryan Siew – I like to imagine it as an epic, skyward battle between Goku and Vegeta, or the final fight between Voldemort and Harry. Either way, the dual riffs add an extra dimension to the record, almost as if there was a third vocalist. Polaris aren’t just holding a light to the bands that now define the Australian metalcore scene; they’ve grabbed the torch off them, ready to lead a new generation fist first into the moshpit.
The Mortal Coil is out November 3 via Resist/Cooking Vinyl.