It’s been a familar story that we’ve heard so many times before. Essex-based metalcore troop Confessions Of A Traitor burst onto the scene a few years ago and were heralded by the media as a shining beacon for the UK metal scene. Sadly, after so much promise, the wheels seemingly fell off this well oiled metalcore juggernaut and, for months, they disappeared off the radar. Well, it’s now 2016 and the Essex shredders are back with a new EP and, judging by the five tracks on offer, are ready to pick up where they left off.

And, while it might be that Confessions don’t reinvent the wheel with their raging metal, they’re certainly very fucking good at what they do as this EP shows. White hot blasts of crunching metalcore is what you get on Illuminate and, like all top quality metalcore bands, Confessions Of A Traitor get the blend of clean sections, blood-spilling breakdowns and thundering guitars just right. This is none more evident than on the closing track “Illuminating The Night” where the band get the ingredients bang on with the end result being a track of epic proportions.

Those who saw Confessions Of A Traitor when they first appeared on the scene will have seen how devastating this band were live and judging by tracks like “Through Struggle, Hope Will Anchor Our Souls”, the band have lost none of that ability to write songs that will simply destroy live. That being the case, here’s hoping that, now they’re back, they’re ready to show the scene exactly what we’ve been missing.

Illuminate Track Listing:

01. In Darkness, Ignite The Spark
02. For The Fires We Burn Are Boundless
03. The Light We Possess Is Relentless
04. Through Struggle, Hope Will Anchor Our Souls
05. Illuminating The Night

Run Time: 19:23
Release Date: September 19, 2016

Check out the track “Through Struggle, Hope Will Anchor Our Souls”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.