REVIEW Doublebill: Cannonball Ride Pt. 2

Holding the melodic hardcore flag high in Austria, Cannonball Ride are a new and energetic band who formed in 2009 and have wasted no time in getting their sound around. I caught them live with Indoctrinate and Kurwa Aparata where they made a powerful and lasting impression on a disappointingly small audience. After finishing up their set, I had a good conversation with Siegi, the vocalist, and he handed me their two EPs for free. So I thought I’d give you guys a double-dose of their infectious music and review both of them! In case you missed part one, go here!

Band: Cannonball Ride
Album: Enchant The Flame And Let It Breathe
Release: 2011
Label: Burnside Records
Genre: Melodic hardcore

Two years later, Cannonball Ride are back for more in their follow-up EP Enchant The Flame And Let It Breathe. The formula of melodic hardcore with metallic touches hasn’t changed too much, but that was hardly required; what has changed is an amount of maturity that emerged since their début, and new quirks have replaced the old ones, separating this as an entity from Breaking Walls And Building Bridges.

In true Cannonball Ride fashion, “Grasping For The Wind” is a big opener combining elements of tech, melody and chug, with the usual anthemic chorus and breakdown. Siegi’s singing is a bit harsher this time, and the solos are as finger-melting as always, continuing through the rest of the EP. “Smoke And Mirrors” manages to jump from a mature pop-punk opening into a metalcore breakdown later with ease, a testament to the band’s melting-pot influences. Dave’s bass has been given a boosting such as in the title track’s bridge, and “Down With The Ship” provides a platform for Michi to display his techniques, along with a Trivium-esque atmosphere which results in a heavier song to round out the collection.

One of the fresh elements in this EP is an inclusion of post-hardcore influences in a couple of the songs, namely the quieter spoken-word moments in the first two tracks, with lines like “Possessions are lost and rot to the ground/The wind we grasp for blows us away”. Another revamped aspect is the Protest The Hero-esque tech-metal, which now play a more prominent role such as in “Smoke And Mirrors” before the sweeping chorus. Finally, the band pull out all the stops on the Biblical-inspired closing track “Reference To Revelation”, even inviting a female vocalist to trade some almost gospel-esque lines with Siegi in the latter half, before the final repeated bellow of “We’re waiting for the saving grace”.

As you may have gathered, there’s little that I can find fault with in this EP; even the breakdowns have improved somehow. Only one moment remains hard to swallow, which is some electronic editing to the vocals in the title track, during the line “Perfection, what a fake ideal”, which could have been left out at no great loss, and the frankly stunning chorus more than makes up for it.

Cannonball Ride have improved in almost every aspect this time round, resulting in a more mature release without sacrificing the energy they put into the music. Cannonball Ride show no sign of slowing down, and I wish them the best of luck for the future, whether onstage or in the studio.

Rating: 8.75/10

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