• Sammie Starr

Album Review: Patient Sixty-Seven - 'Wishful Thinking'

Perth metalcore heavy-weights Patient Sixty-Seven gets creative with their sound while maturing vocally, atmospherically, and instrumentally with their debut album release, Wishful Thinking.

Patient Sixty-Seven has gone to prove themselves as one of Australia's most treasured gems in the metalcore scene. By releasing their contentiously melodic and introspective EP Home Truths, the Perth metalcore band cemented their place in the genre scene and showed the hard work and dedication to their sound for their future. New release Wishful Thinking further dives into a more uncharted and pensive emotional territory while further developing their atmospheric, instrumental, and vocal playbook.

"Wishful Thinking ends gracefully with the best ethereal experience on the record, "Colours," featuring Loveless. From its orchestral atmospheric qualities, fervid vocals, and intensely felt lyricism, Patient Sixty-Seven takes everything we have felt up to this point and puts it in one epic finale."

Wishful Thinking starts with an aggressively atmospheric treat, "Stay Paranoid II." A colossal culmination of heavy guitars and breakdowns complemented by Tom Kiely's towering vocal abilities sets things in motion for the rest of the album's defining moments.

Imposing juncture, "Fatebringer" featuring Brian Wille of Currents is technically prodigious. Filled with muscular, fast-paced guitar riffs and a titanic percussive presence, it takes us into a diamond listening experience on the record, "Wayfarer." Instrumentally, lyrically, and vocally pushing themselves further than most of the tracks we have heard, it creates a potent moment of transcendence on Wishful Thinking.

Creative points of interest on the album that the band takes exciting inventive measures with is the track "Who You Chose to Be," featuring Joey Varela of VRSTY. Mixing Varela's gorgeous multi-faceted vocal control with Tom Keily's raw-throated brilliance, it's a beautiful, effective display of collaborating multi-genres and the vocal styles of which bands both represent.

Wishful Thinking ends gracefully with the best ethereal experience on the record, "Colours," featuring Loveless. From its orchestral atmospheric qualities, fervid vocals, and intensely felt lyricism, Patient Sixty-Seven takes everything we have felt up to this point and puts it in one epic finale.

Wishful Thinking is a star step above their EP Home Truths they left us some time ago. Patient Sixty-Seven have taken the time to develop their vocally, sonically, and maturity as songwriters. Tracks like "Who You Chose to Be" and "Colours" shed some layers and show an invested creative interest in not only other genres but atmospherically taking their music to places that they have never quite visited in the past. Wishful Thinking is the beginning of something new, fresh, and exciting for the band and is bound to kick open a few more doors for them in the future.



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