Given the talent pool that comprises the line-up of Narrows it's not surprising how much early hype surrounded this band. But even with a roster that sees alumni of These Arms Are Snakes, Some Girls and more; the most anticipated aspect of this outfit is undoubtedly the return of former Botch frontman Dave Verellen to his throaty bellows.
Indeed, unlike his more timid post-Botch projects Verellen unleashes the fiery roars that inspired a thousand metalcore bands and has lost little, if any, of the energy that made him a standout through the tailend of the 90's. The music itself belies its density with a rawly captured aggression. Two fierce tracks see the band going for the jugular like a more artsy Cursed while a final dirge number constructs Neurosis-like monoliths in Kyuss' sun scorched deserts.
A few dalliances with electronics find an abrupt stop or effect added here and there but never enough to corrupt the organic intensity of the band. While it's always hard to judge a band based on an EP alone, as an introduction, this self-titled affair makes it easy to slap on the praises. A noisy, disturbing metallic voyage with enough artistic eccentricity to elevate it past metalcore standards and enough embittered venom and tenacity to ensure moshpit fatalities.
(4 / 5)