Neutral Ground is the newest release from Everyone Dies In Utah, a genre bending band that serve up a mixture of post-hardcore, electronica, and even a bit of metalcore with varying degrees of success.
While they may not have a truly unique sound, I think they perform best on the heavier stuff, the best example of which is the tune “Light ‘Em Up Terrence Peterson” which is loaded with down-tuned guitars, killer riffs, and harsh vocals that really beat you across the head. I really, really like this heavy stuff and wish there was a lot more of it… unfortunately there is not.
For me the problem with this disc is twofold. First off I found the insertion of keyboards and odd electronica sound effects to be quite distracting and I just didn’t get it. Secondly, when the band reverts to their post-hardcore sound they become very generic; there are a million other bands doing the same exact thing.
At the end of the day this one is a mixed bag for me; it is not terrible by any means I just don’t think it is very memorable either.
01. Neutral Ground
02. Infinity & Beyond
03. Fool Me Twice
04. The Story So Far
05. Land Of 1000 Kicks
06. Johnny Kewl
07. Light ‘Em Up Terrence Peterson
10. Item No. 9
11. The Shinies & The Shadows
Run Time: 42:09
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Check out the song “The Shinies & The Shadows”