Review: I See Stars - Digital Renegade
Still, with their position as a poppy post hardcore group established, there is lots to be impressed by. This album sees a great increase in focus in terms of merging these styles together and the relentless juddering mixed with pulsing dance synthesizers seen in tracks like NZT48 and Filth Friends Unite shows these influences brought together and executed in a much more seamless form in a way more definitive of what electronicore should be, the latter track even carrying the sense of ambition to see the group take on Enter Shikari. And get instantly defeated because Enter Shikari are incredible.
Needless to say, an emotional impact is created across the album, be it the kind of dark and furious tones contained across Mystery Wall and Endless Sky, aided with guest vocals from Yorkshire rabble-rouser Danny Worsnop or are more rooted in melancholy and tragedy, as Electric Forest tells of romantic loss and woe with the intense rush of emotion heightened by guest vocals from Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope. Albeit it can be difficult at times to distinguish her voice from that of Oliver's, due to the auto-tuning.
Overall, Digital Renegade is very much a prime album that in realms of electronicore ticks all the boxes. The synthesizer work remains pulsing and dynamic and the strength of the post hardcore performance is very much cranked up. It's unlikely that it will make them any friends out of this scene but, it's a pretty solid effort that shows I See Stars to be a rightfully respected act as one of the main innovators of this genre.
I See Stars' Digital Renegade is out now via Sumerian Records. The band will perform at the Slam Dunk Festival at the Leeds University Union and University of Hertfordshire Forum from 26th-27th May.