If you can headbang or mosh to it, that’s my kind of song. Bloodlines awakens my whole being and makes my senses explode. Every track ignites an emotional cry of, “Hell yes, I want to hear, see, and feel Samsara slay the stage.” There’s nothing like a metalcore concert; rock horns raised high, a sea of metalheads colliding in unison to music and lights beating blue and red. The room quakes as the mass of bodies demolish each other with fists flying and legs thrashing. I feel entranced by every melodic verse and consumed by emotion as every word speaks to my soul. I close my eyes and disappear into a firestorm, wanting more as Samsara’s debut album Bloodlines’ first track ends and another begins.
I’m under a spell as track one, “This Means War,” dowses my mortal soul with accelerant and the lyrics light my spirit aflame while I lose myself in song. Lead vocalist Dan Croutch wrote most of the lyrics based on his personal struggles with addiction and loss. Almost giving up on everything, he decided to put pen to paper and pour his feelings into song. On a personal level, I understand what Dan is speaking of, and as he spits each lyric like a bad taste in his mouth, he tells his story and mine.
This 4-piece metalcore band’s combustible declaration snuffs out the sunlight that is said to always shine on their hometown of Yuma, Arizona. Dan Croutch (vocals), Billy Arviso (guitar), Austin Howard (bass guitar), and Giovanni Vermont on drums, is Samsara, and Samsara is ready to bring the fire to your hometown.
“Slowly falling into the wake of your mistakes.”
By track two, “Pyro” pulls memories of pain and loss from the depths of my heart. Feeling connected to each song like a moth to a flame, I’m all in now and there’s no turning back. “Dear Brethren” has become my personal favorite song, as I’m manipulated into pressing rewind again and again just to hear Dan’s flammable screams and clean vocals. Samsara is a band with epic talent, killer vocals, and sick lyrics that are quickly becoming a household name. If you don’t know, now you do. As my journey through the album Bloodlines continues, I’m brought back to my own personal hell.
Bloodlines releases on November 3rd, 2016
You can purchase the full album on ITunes, Google Play, Amazon, and stream it from Spotify.
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