• Sammie Starr

EP Review: Coe Hill 'Vol.1 Maybe Next Year'

When it comes to garnering nostalgia for the post-hardcore/metalcore scene, Coe Hill checks those boxes and more with latest release 'Vol.1 Maybe Next Year.'




There are not too many projects out there that when you listen to it there is an instant spark and essence of knowing that within a record, there is nostalgic beauty and one that tells a raw and deeply personal story.


"I hope that others see what I was able to make from the comfort of my home and be inspired to do the same. There are so many forms to exist as a musician these days, whether it’s aiming to be the next big international touring act, or releasing music for people to listen to online, find what fits your lifestyle best and pursue that avenue."

This seems to be the case for the latest release Vol.1 Maybe Next Year, by collaborative Toronto-based band project Coe Hill via Blackgate Records. Though each track has a different vocalist, there is an interesting contrasting element for each, making this an exciting listening experience for the EP.

Recorded in founder Doug Heiser's basement and brought over to Kyle Marchant for mixing and mastering, one would never guess the EP was produced in such a way, making it that much more interesting to digest within your audio senses.


We kick things off with a towering first track, "Warning," featuring The Devil In the Details. With a spry melodic guitar intro that takes us into beautifully controlled vocal work, it's the perfect start to what awaits us for the rest of the EP.

Another gorgeous juncture within this EP is the third track, "One Year Later." An emotionally engaging experience that sets itself apart from the rest of the songs thus far, "One Year Later" is beautiful instrumentally, wistfully taking us back to times within the post-hardcore/metalcore music scene we favored most. Another gem on this EP is "Edge of Collapse" Featuring Tyler Small of Saving Vice. Words cannot justify the power behind Small's vocal control as it is the bread and butter of this track, fitting like a glove to match the instrumental ferocity of this exceptional moment on this EP.

While there are many moments worth toting about on this EP, Vol.1 Maybe Next Year takes a myriad of genre elements and styles and auspiciously creates something unique and memorable. There is a vision and goal in mind for this EP, successfully carried out with each experience that passes through your ears.

"I hope that others see what I was able to make from the comfort of my home and be inspired to do the same. There are so many forms to exist as a musician these days, whether it’s aiming to be the next big international touring act, or releasing music for people to listen to online, find what fits your lifestyle best and pursue that avenue."

Vol. 1 Maybe Next Year is available now on Spotify.


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