QUOTES: “…Restless Streets shines through its screeches, growls, and cleans…the song structures are creative and often brutal, coming out fairly impressive and engaging…” (Click here to read the full review)
This review appeared in LMP #10 (June 2012). Read the full review in the issue here!
It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: Metalcore is getting stale. For those of us (like myself) that grew up when the genre was in its infancy, it has come a long way from its once-interesting combination of the fun of metal and the fury of hardcore. So where does that leave us with New York’s RESTLESS STREETS? While they are not anything revolutionary, theirs is a brand of metalcore that is highly competent and is reaching for greatness. Comparisons could be made to the technical assault of THE AIR I BREATHE, but RESTLESS STREETS is also quite a bit more melodic. Each of the four songs on the EP is equally catchy and heavy. There are even a couple moments that channel the technicality of WITHIN THE RUINS; hopefully the band can flesh those moments out on future releases. While the band is reaching for greatness, RESTLESS STREETS hasn’t grasped it quite yet. They certainly rely heavily on breakdowns, and while their sound is certainly enjoyable, they haven’t broken from the mold just yet. What the album does show, however, is the promise for the future. These New Yorkers are young and raw with talent. With some time under their belt, they have the potential to break into the upper echelon of modern metalcore if they can only improve upon this EP. – by Nicholas Senior
>> Classification: Modern Metalcore
>> Recommended Tracks: “The Concealer” and “At the Ballet”
>> In Conclusion: If you fancy your metalcore with an equal emphasis on technicality and melody, RESTLESS STREETS bring the goods on this debut EP. If they can mature and grow, they will bring the greats in the future.