Lucretia - The Hiraeth
Listen to the EP here.
If you are active in the local Connecticut hardcore scene, you have probably heard the name Lucretia. They’re a metalcore act that’s been in the game since 2010, but took a break between 2013 and 2015 and are now back. They are a special band in the scene for the fact that they don’t really play often, but when they do, it seems everyone gets hyped beyond belief, and local show turns into riots fast. There’s no wonder why, either. They were on the lineup for the very first local Connecticut show I’ve ever been to, and they are an incredibly fun band live, easily the best band that day. Every member was having a complete blast, and the crowd went crazy for them. Knowing that the room could only really fit 30 people made the experience that much more amazing.
Their discography is quite limited as it stands, with only one EP, Yearbook, and two other songs released before this EP. However, 2017 is a new year, and Lucretia decided this would be the year they grace us with a brand new, four-song EP entitled The Hiraeth. Metal Lifestyle was approached to premiere the first track, “Those Who Shoot/Those Who Dig,” a few weeks back. Now, it’s been over a week since The Hiraeth came out, so it’s about time we take a closer look.
For the most part, this EP is ten minutes of really, really solid metalcore. “Those Who Shoot/Those Who Dig” is a great way to start up, with just enough breakdowns and riffs to set a threatening mood. “Ellipsis” is a really nice treat of a song as well, having a slow and ominous introduction that breaks into a full-bore metalcore groove as the track progresses, touched by moments of Gaza-like hardcore. The last track, “Ultramarine,” is essentially a 33-second mosher that closes the EP off on a solid note. Every instrument is solidly played, and the vocals have a really gross and throaty sound to them that meshes well with the heavy instrumental approach. There is also a noise influence here and there that I find myself enjoying quite a bit.
Other than its brevity, what really brings this EP down is the second track, “Homewrecker, Housemaker.” The song itself is pretty decent, featuring guest vocals from Danny Cuneo of up-and-coming Connecticut powerviolence act Kidnapped, a fitting inclusion in theory. So what exactly is the problem? Well, it really doesn’t make sense with the rest of the EP. See, every other song on this EP is a metalcore track with the same production style, but this one is much more in the vein of powerviolence, which means it’s noisier and more chaotic, throwing off the pace and feel of the EP. The mood built up over “Those Who Shoot” and “Ellipses” vanishes, and there isn’t enough time for it to recover before the EP ends.
Otherwise, this is a very solid release from one of the best in the local Connecticut hardcore scene. If you’re looking for something in the vein of groups like Zao and Botch, you will definitely enjoy what The Hiraeth has to offer. Lucretia has matured, and I am beyond excited to see them release more music. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long as last time.
- Alex Brown.