At the start of the year, Brisbane post-hardcore quintet We Set Signals brought us an EP titled Abandon Ship, which helped to cement them as one of Australia’s hottest up and coming metal acts. Now they’re back with the second part of a two-piece package – Abandon Hope – and it may just be even better.
They burst out and quickly forge a high standard with Desolation, packing an insurmountable energy driven by a wild melody. Miles And Miles has some fantastic lyrics on display, and they continue to maintain a sturdy pace with the fast-tempo Shadows, topped off by an exciting chorus.
Tidal Waves is catchy as hell, more good writing is delivered in Legends Die Hard, and they ramp it up once more for the blow-away closing track, You’re Killing Me Smalls, jammed with fierce riffs and led by fiery harmonies.
A supreme follow-up to an already sterling predecessor, Abandon Hope is easily one of the most blood-rushing metal records of 2018, with every track satisfying and leaving the listener out of breath, before they naturally smash the replay button and experience it again and again.