Cloak & Dagger comes at us with fresh faces straight out of Perth, Australia. A metalcore band formed in 2013, they have produced a debut EP titled Divination and have set forth with signing onto major record label Imminence Records. The five piece band is comprised of vocalist Jordan Phoebe, guitarist/clean vocalist Oli Royer, bassist Alex Dragicevich, guitarist Will Potter, and drummer Nathaniel Jackson. A band that likes to stick true to their voice during the rise and fall of metal trends, they bring us their latest EP Balance with precision and focus to rival those with seniority.
Balance begins with “Snowfall” and trails in peacefully like a winter storm. Its gentle piano ushers in the sorrowful unclean vocals of Jordan Phoebe. His voice builds like a gusty wind, crashing into the snow drifts belonging to Oli Royer and Will Potter. The combination pulls out a dramatic feeling, much like the whoosh of cold water and air against your face. It steals your breath and suddenly you’re left cold and seeking warmth.
“Balance” picks you up where “Snowfall” dropped you. It guides from the cold and drives you into the heart of what the storm is really about. You’re caught in the midst of Cloak & Dagger’s two sides, but you’re not aware of it yet. You feel the sorrowful sound of that cold and dark place behind you. Now feel the draw of the heat and heavy sound that’s just out of your reach in front of you. Do you go back to what you know, or do you keep pushing forward into the unknown?
Cloak & Dagger reveal their heavy metal roots with “Ruin” and it all makes sense. The confusion is gone. You’re in the heat of Jordan Phoebe’s voice and Nathaniel Jackson’s beat lures you into the Witches fire. Did you realize you were on trial? The burn of the fire that Oli and Will deliver is a welcome melting to your frozen bones.
Skipping forward in the slow burn of this EP, “Graveyards” cuts into your thoughts with a powerful message. You aren’t on trial here. You’re not being hazed. You’re being inducted. Welcome to the secret club. The first rule is we don’t talk about the secret club. The second rule is…
Break the first rule. Be you a pyro loving freak or a cold, dark soul, Cloak & Dagger has the best of both worlds for you in their six song EP Balance. Join their secret club and find it on Itunes here and check out their Facebook page to learn more about them here.