The first track on the album All That We Can opens impressively with heavy percussion and driving guitar riffs for the first few bars. However, the vocals of Kris Platt seem to have been mixed from a different genre and would seem more fitting on an irish folk album with his clear Irish accent obvious.
There is undoubtedly plenty of vigour and the influences of Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic evident, but this raw energy is offset with distinct vocals and harmonies that would not sound out-of-place on a Cranberries album and which provide a softening effect on the music.
They capture the catchy hooks, the melodies and the heartfelt lyrics, exploring the big issues – life, death and particularly faith throughout the album in tracks such as When the Well Runs Dry and Jaw with the lyrics “only talks to God when there is something [he needs]” ‘What if there’s no heaven or hell? What if we all die young?”
There is no doubt that Platt has a great voice – clean, clear, haunting and full of emotion but this too often contradicts with the strength of many of the other songs, and clashes with the intensity and strength of the guitars and drums that yearn to break loose – Six Weeks for example is hauntingly catchy, employing the quiet questioning of Kris Platt’s that erupts into a heavy chorus.
More Than Conquerors, with their growing fan base, appear to be asserting themselves as the Christian band that non-Christians are happy to like. They seem to have found a formula that they like but a number of the tracks follow the same well-trodden pattern with one too many openings of one acoustic guitar or a single drum rhythm.
The Band describe themselves as ‘alternative punk rock’ but this seems a completely inaccurate description. The 32 minutes of this album unfortunately lacks both excitement and some much-needed aggression. There are plenty of harmonies (which are well-executed), moments with a leaning towards Electro-pop and a few memorable choruses but the album is without question ‘safe’, predictable and regrettably, disappointing. Everything I’ve Learnt is a finely crafted record; it has not shown itself to be an instant hit but may, with repeated listening reap rewards.
Written By: Lindsy Stott