Next up is ‘Fuck Cancer’, a straight-ahead metal tune with a simple message. From the muscular riffs to the melodic touches, this could easily rank anywhere between Earthtone9 and Killswitch Engage. Certainly, there is enough already here to see that this will be a popular live favourite.
The pacy, ‘Midnight Desperado’, replete with its’ face-melting breakdowns and tempo changes, show the different influences from the nu-metal and hardcore punk era to the melodic metalcore sound. There is a diverse mix of styles throughout that make this a very engaging listen.
On the emotive and reflective, ‘It’s Okay’, the band show their sensitive side to an instrumental interlude, before launching into the energetic ‘Entertainment’ featuring Jayden Panesso. There is a nod to so many different styles within this melodic metalcore tune. The breakdowns punishing every time and a snare that at times sounds like a gunshot.
‘Neverending Chapter’ is a melodic tune with clean singing that represents a lighter pop-rock moment on the album. This clearly complements the edgier and darker moments on the record.
Order is then restored with ‘15.000 Bombs’ featuring Get The Shot frontman Jean-Philippe Lagace on vocals. The riff bouncing and leaping around a solid melodic metalcore base. Another impressive number that packs a punch with an aggressive hardcore rap vocal.
‘338’ gives us another chance to appreciate a change of pace with a synth-inspired ballad-esque tune.
On ‘So Swift’ there is more than a touch of humour in the music video, gently ripping the piss out of black metal bands videos. Released in October 2020, this precursor to the album shows that the band appreciate the lighter side of life and the humour reflects in their approach to the music.
Which leaves the vibrant acoustic journey that is ‘V E R T I G O’ leading to a more raucous climax to the album.
The band show a versatility and an enjoyment which makes pigeonholing them a difficult prospect. Therein lies a beauty. Sudden Waves have successfully managed to combine their favourite influences into one album whilst still retaining their own original outlook. The tunes are bustling with a vitality that will be appreciated by many a metalhead. ‘We’re All Connected’ is a well-produced and precise effort that I am sure will be very popular in the live arena. There is enough on this short album to suggest that Sudden Waves have the potential to become an important link between nu-metal, their hardcore punk roots and melodic metalcore.
Score : 8 out of 10