Taking most of what you love from bands like Being As An Ocean and fusing it together with the vibrant riff style of Stray From The Path are hardcore newcomers I, The Mapmaker. The quintets debut EP is not only shockingly accomplished in its wailing tones, but opens up a road for the band which if travelled down at the right speed, could see them become the next Casey.
The production of Lewis Johns works wonders for the band throughout Searching; hitting with that knife edge tenacity you’d find in the likes of Palm Reader, the EP has a certain level of authenticity around its sound despite it falling in between the walls of a genre which many have tried to master.
‘1933’ and ‘Disbelief’ are your no nonsense, heads against the wall hardcore numbers with the latter featuring the scathing tones of Employed To Serve‘s vocalist Justine Jones. The rough and tumble of Searching hits hard and with precision – but there is a feeling that I, The Mapmaker can be more than just a nasty bunch with some riffs and growls to boot.
This feeling comes to fruition in the moments where guitarists Josh Graham and Nathan Kimber are given the room to spread their melodic wings, such as on the beautifully toned ‘Capsized’ and the title track – possessing flickering clean guitar lines that accent the screams of Ashley Emery with aplomb.
Opening track ‘Ghostwalker’ is where the band are turned up to 10 though, the agony soaked screams backed by the titanic production and background scale make for the shining moment on the EP where I, The Mapmaker look most likely to make a wave in the genre.
As far as post-hardcore debut EP’s go, this is more than I, The Mapmaker could have hoped for; there’s plenty of potential here for the band to make themselves a force to be reckoned with in the future. A full LP will give us more of an idea of what the five-piece are truly capable of, but for the time being: there’s little that should stop you from getting on board.