With 2018 underway, many of us music fans are eagerly awaiting new releases from many artists to fill the new year. Alternative band RIVALS have just released their new EP through Smartpunk Records entitled, Damned Soul. The record has many musical masterminds behind the production, such as by John Espy (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Elohim, The Cab), with additional writing for drums and mixing/mastering by Cody Stewart (The Browning, Rings of Saturn, Falsifier).
Gaining popular internet attention for their viral cover of Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”, RIVALS have quickly made a name for themselves in the scene following their debut EP Haunted/Hunted. From touring alongside bands on the Vans Warped Tour to supporting tours with Story Untold and Best Kept Secret, the unique rock three-piece can stand successfully in the genre. Damned Soul is the band’s first full-length release, forwarding their musical career.
Damned Soul kicks off with high energy, as strong guitars open “Over It” indicating a much heavier intention that the 2015 debut. Matching Kalie Wolf’s vocals, the album picks up the pace musically as the tracks continue. Some that should not be missed on your first listen include the title track “Damned Soul”, “Misery Memory” and the powerful closer “To: Leila”. Overall, Damned Soul cements itself as a unique record, incorporating influences of synth pop and heavy rock. Any fans of the modern rock genre and contemporary pop punk looking for something fun and entertaining this new year, check out this album.