I Prevail is back after a potential career ending vocal cord injury for singer, Brian Burkheiser. Brian wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue, but with a successful surgery, that ‘trauma’ has led to the band returning with their sophomore album, ‘Trauma’. And let me tell you the band is not suffering from any sophomore slump or suffering any side effects from that surgery. This is a band that has found who they are and delivered one of the most impressive albums of the year.
I Prevail is a metalcore band and as I am not overly familiar with that genre, all I can say is if it sounds like this, I will be getting to know more of this band and this genre. All I do know is I hear sounds of Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead in their music and since I like both those bands, then this is something for me. It is at times brutal and other times beautiful.
The unclean vocals, Eric Vanlerberghe, don’t distract from the songs as it is not excessive. It only enhances the performances and gives it an edge and attitude that fits perfectly with the music. The clean vocals, Brian Burkheiser, are smooth and so melodic and he has this great rock voice that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
The opening track, “Bow Down”, is an assault on the senses. It comes at you with such power and force that you are immediately engulfed in the shockwave and blown back in your seat. Then we go into the song “Paranoid” which is so different than the opener. It includes a little rap and Brian’s clean vocals sound great. It slowly builds up and then drops back slower.