Vault 51 – Kid | EP Review

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Vault 51 are a post-hardcore rock quintet hailing from Atlanta. Although previously signed to Roadrunner Records, they decided to self-release their new EP Kid on the 20th July. Their unique blend of punchy alternative rock and post-hardcore instrumentation will hook you on this EP and keep you listening.

Lead single ‘Thirty-Six’ is the standout track on Kid. You’re greeted by the ominous sound of a ticking clock creeping in before Vault 51 leap into huge groove riffs, crashing drums and momentous vocals. The clean chorus vocals and the thwack of the drums give the track an enormous energy. After hearing this opening track, it’s safe to assume that Vault 51 are going to impress with the rest of the songs on Kid.

Tracks like ‘We Don’t Care’ and ‘Magnolia’ switch constantly between aggressive screams and clean hooks. The vocal range throughout both tracks is impressive and their impassioned fervour is a testament to Vault 51’s determination and strength. The colourful riffs of ‘Magnolia’ suit the lyrical content which describes starting from nothing and growing into something beautiful.

‘Mourning View’ is where Vault 51 abandon their heavy post-hardcore elements and strip their sound back, but what’s left is still pretty heavy to hear and absorb. Lyrically and sonically, the track is heavily saturated with emotion and poignant sentiment. It’s woeful and melancholic. Driven forward with gentle melodic riffs, the instrumentation echoes serenely and makes the song hauntingly evocative.

Crunchy riffs restore the EP’s fast pace and introduce ‘Sincerely Me’. It’s difficult to keep up with this track but it’s a perfect way to conclude the release. A blend of mild synth, fiery drum patterns, and accelerated riffs create an imposing wall of sound that’s impossible to hate. Vault 51 have more than impressed with Kid and we can’t wait to see how it’s received by others.

Our Rating

8 Rating

Release Date: 20th July 2017