Let’s be honest here: it’s hard to stand out in the metalcore and post-hardcore genres. It often feels like every good idea has been done already and that the genre has reached its logical end. Canadian post-hardcore / metalcore / everything-in-between rockers Honour Bound are a reminder that fresh new voices DO exist…they just might be hiding in the woods up north somewhere.
They just dropped new single “Brittle Bones” and it’s a clear indicator that Honour Bound bring a welcome and refreshing energy to their genre. Leading with melodic, flowing chords and sung vocals, Honour Bound recall something like mid-period Bring Me the Horizon (think the more mellow parts of Suicide Season or There is a Hell) crossed with Haste the Day. The track—the opening salvo to a six-song, self-titled EP due out July 27th—quickly gets down to business and takes a turn for the heavy, shifting to growled vocals and chugging breakdowns.
“The lyrical themes of this song can talk about how a band can get you off of your bullshit, and how it pushes us further to be better musicians and bandmates. It’s largely about coming out of yourself from depression or inaction. Musically, we just wanted to do our part to compliment that theme; and try to emulate Lee’s (singer) emotional vocals with the music. We wanted to explore the melancholic- yet- hopeful vibe of the message.” – Nick Carrier (guitar)
Perhaps the most impressive thing about “Brittle Bones” is that it is the first song the world has ever heard from the fledgling band. The way they combine the shimmering, melodic textures of Emarosa, Haste the Day and Crown the Empire with djent-influenced low end is indicative of a bright future—unlike the forefathers of the sound, Honour Bound may not have an awkward phase to grow out of, or a scene phase to grow into.