Hairs up on the back of my neck, a wide array of real tangible feelings, and out of control excitement. This is the only way I can accurately describe The "Drifter" EP from Lesser Men due out this January. The group which formed in May of this year have an EP ready to drop that will re-shape New England's Post-Hardcore scene. When the genre is at it's peak it's that sound that lies halfway between Terror and Senses Fail's "Depth of Dream's" EP, and it is the sound that is "Drifter". The melodies evoke deep rooted feelings that may even choke you up, and the low-end and distorted vocals will put you in a place of pure aggression. Think Poison The Well in it's glory days or Senses Fail post "Let It Enfold You".
The first track "Wave Walker" erupts with pure emotion and intensity that brought a smile to this writers face instantly. Heavy beats, crunchy/meaty guitar riffs, and throat shredding vocals. The second track "Thanatos" only intensifies the mood more, furiously flying through the first verse to then culminate in slower bridges with long drawn out tortured screams and genius melodies. Add in an epic break down and you have my favorite track off the EP. As it fades out "Void of Tongue" slowly comes in with a nu-metal-esque riff matched by arena sized choruses. The transition from two aggressive and in your face tracks is seamless and a true strength of the EP. The fourth track "Resting Place" is another slower track that serves as almost an interlude at just past a minute and forty second running time. It's dramatic, and raw and a rad part of the EP. The final track is the title track "Drifter". From the moment the song kicks in you know that Lesser Men know how to pick out the all important album finale. By far the most hardcore song on the album, is full of heavy fast guitars, blast beats, and punk roots that will make hardcore kids smile with approval. The breakdown hits with the force of a bombing raid, and the emotions are raw and honest. All leading up to a crescendo ending to one of the best EP's I've ever heard, and I'm not talking just locally.
While only 7 months old, Lesser Men is due to be one of the biggest bands of 2014. This incredible EP "Drifter" is due out in January 2014. Make sure you check back here in January for more details and check out the Lesser Men's Facebook for even more updates.