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Album Review: Crooked Royals - 'Quarter Life Daydream'

New Zealand progressive metalcore band Crooked Royals details their first vividly melodic and aggressively challenging debut album, Quarter Life Daydream.



What has always remained interesting about the world of metalcore, is that no matter what corner of the world you look in, there is always a band out there willing to assert creative dominance to change up the scope of the genre and make us appreciate the genre just a little bit more. Bands like Crooked Royals from New Zealand have innovatively taken the time to understand the intimate inner workings of the metalcore scene, and have breathed some new life into it with their debut album release, Quarter Life Daydream. With brilliant imbued massive progressive metalcore soundscapes that gorgeously bleed into twilight-essenced trap R&B influences, Crooked Royals has created a debut experience that is captivatingly melodic, prolific, and canticle at every turn.

Quarter Life Daydream takes a satisfying turn with a gravid and magnetic highlight, "Counterfeit." A track that throws away any source of canorous influence, Crooked Royals places more of an emphasis on zaftig instrumentalism and minacious vocal control to create a unique track experience.

Quarter Life Daydream makes a striking introduction with an opulent first impression, "Glass Hands." A technical whirlwind of electric and hefty guitar energies with an attractive dose of robust percussive fervor, Crooked Royals enters the scene impressively, with much more to unveil.

"Waypoint," synth-drenched and progressively ambitious, not only continues to expand their stratified instrumental and soundscapes but also demonstrates the band's work in cultivating a deft and intriguing sound.

Quarter Life Daydream takes a satisfying turn with a gravid and magnetic highlight, "Counterfeit." A track that throws away any source of canorous influence, Crooked Royals places more of an emphasis on zaftig instrumentalism and minacious vocal control to create a unique track experience. From there, "Owed to You" gracefully disengages again from the orchestrated chaos of the last track and provides a stunning melody of classical guitars that pirouettes into a breathtaking blend of soft and aggressive guitar lines.

"Copacetic" continues to further their exploration of melodic dissonance and their unique agitated approach to metalcore before furiously dropping into one of the most explosive tracks on the record, "Paper Warrior." However, the meteoric intensity is only part of what makes this experience so special—their individualistic way of shifting between delicate and fiery makes this track stand out.

Quarter Life DayDream ends with an impassionate finale, "Between You and I," bringing the album to a close. Sentimentally challenging and deeply ardent, Crooked Royals brings everything that makes their sound so riveting into one last experience.

Quarter Life Day Dream is a debut album loaded with surprisingly lush and technically decadent experiences that don't waste time showing off their creative zeal and lyrical vulnerability. While this is just their first album, their future is star-ridden with positive ventures forward.




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