Gigape Goes Bananas For More Than Conquerors Everything I've Learnt
Northern Ireland rock outfit 'More Than Conquerors' released their eagerly awaiting début album 'Everything I've Learnt' on September 27th. While that album title suggests 'More Than Conquerors' have taken everything they've learnt and put it towards creating this accomplished and mature album, it actually comes from the lyric “...everything I've learnt amounts to nothing".
Ironic then that you have the sound on this album. 'More Than Conquerors' have certainly learnt a lot from their peers and put this into action. That's a not so guarded way of saying 'Everything I've Learnt' isn't particularly original. The likeness to the wave of British post hardcore of the early and mid 2000s is plainly obvious. There's a distinct likeness to Biffy Clyro, Hundred Reasons and Idlewild while also making nods towards Brand New. You wouldn't be hard pushed to find sounds reminiscent of late local bands like Strait Laces and Panama Kings.
This is no bad thing though, all those bands are fantastic and it explains why this album is instantaneously lovable. After one listen you'll find yourself singing along to the majority of tracks. The chorus on 'Jaw' has some real fist in the air moments, and while 'When The Well Runs Dry' might have been a staple of the band's live show for sometime it still has all the hallmarks of a glorious pop rock sound sounding fresh and full of energy.
'Everything I've Learnt' has the big hooks and choruses in abundance, there's not a single track that plods or meanders. The band certainly aren't afraid of riffs, 'Smoke, Trees, Lungs, Knees' has some beautifully heavy riffs, as does 'Pits of Old'. 'Bring Me To The Blood Bank' takes the album on a different tact with a tender and sombre number, it's excellently executed. Normal service is restored with album highlight 'Temper'. The juddering riffs and chanted verse sound superb, pushing the track into a rock behemoth. This trend carries through to another fantastic track in 'Try-Antlers', again the guitar work is superb. Album closer 'Hearth & Home' is epic, it's expansive and soars between quiet and loud moments. The breakdown and guitar work at the halfway point are simply glorious.
While 'Everything I've Learnt' isn't breaking any new ground, it does it's job perfectly. 'More Than Conquerors' have learnt well, putting together an accomplished and polished record that could potentially see them propelled towards the rock mainstream. An excellent album, this isn't going to be the last you've heard of 'More Than Conquerors'.
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