Title: The Hunter, The Gatherer
Format Reviewed: MP3
Format Released: 20th October 2014
Reviewed By: Katherine Tapp
Some records have the ability to make you immediately want to find out whether that artist is playing at any of your local venues. Post-hardcore rockers Arizona have acheived this with their debut EP, The Hunter, The Gatherer. This EP will have you picturing the amount of head-banging, moshing and circle-pits it's going to generate during a live show.
There are only four tracks on this EP, and each of them are worth listening to for their heavy riffs and passionate vocals. While there isn't an awful lot setting them apart from some of the other post-hardcore bands out there, this doesn't make it a bad record.
The EP opens with Black Hart which is notable for its simple, yet well structured riffs which would sound brutal live. This track is followed by The Hunted, which takes longer to kick in but is worth listening to for its raw screams throughout.
The third track, The Gathering, repeats the process of simple riffs and raw screams, but by this point it is getting a little tedious. Luckily the fourth and final track Preacher provides a bit of a break from this, and easily becomes the best track on the EP. It lulls you in with a slow start before introducing the sound that you have come to associate with Arizona. This track acts as a good conclusion to the EP as it makes it clear we will be hearing more from the band in the near future.Overall it is a strong, consistent EP. While it can be a little too much when listened to all together, each track is well structured and showcases the band's potential. They do have a sound that you can associate with them, but it seems more thought needs to be put into making this more unique in comparison to other contenders.