Boston’s own Vanna have seemed to mature with each new studio effort. The band’s first two major releases, 2006’s The Search Party Never Came and 2007’s Curses, had some grindcore-esque elements. They were aggressive and somewhat noisy at times, which appealed to their growing fan base. With 2009’s A New Hope, Vanna moved into the muddy waters of cliché metalcore.
A New Hope was also the last release featuring long-time vocalist Chris Preece. Immediately following Preece’s departure, Seeker Destroyer vocalist, Davey Muise, took the reins. In 2010, Vanna put out a new EP featuring three new songs and two re-recordings, titled The Honest Hearts. Fans of Preece’s vocals might not appreciate the re-recordings. However, the new songs were catchy, heavy, and melodic and maintained the metalcore style.
And They Came Baring Bones, Vanna’s third full-length CD, was not up to par with the rest of the band’s repertoire. Again, they tried the metalcore thing, but it didn’t work this time around.
That brings us to March 19, 2013 – the release of The Few And The Far Between. This new record should restore any lost faith in the band. The Few And The Far Between incorporates more of a hardcore style than the seemingly comfortable metalcore outlet. The songs are shorter, faster, more aggressive, and much more to the point. The clean vocals are less prominent and don’t weigh down the impact of the music, as was the case with much of 2011’s And They Came Baring Bones. This could be a direct result of the 2011 departure of lead guitarist/clean vocalist, Evan Pharmakis.
It doesn’t matter what caused this rekindled aggression and newfound hardcore sound. This is a Vanna record of all Vanna records and should hopefully heed a great response.
Focus tracks include “When In Roam,” “The Dreamer/The Thief/The Relic,” “Casket Rhythm,” and “Year of the Rat.”