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Neshiima - Purple


6 April 2018 – Self-released

01. Believe
02. Pulled Apart
03. Here Forever (feat. Renny Carroll)
04. Who I Am
05. Wilderness

Scotland. Land of the free and home of the brave has brought forth such delights as Robert Burns, tales of heroism through struggle, Irn-Bru and…. A continuing resurgence of Nu-Metal in 2018??

Glaswegian quintet Neshiima are back with a follow up to their 2015 EP “Beware Of Gifts“. The prospect of Purple has had a buzz among fans since their 2017 single “Livid” was launched, which boasted an unexpected change in artistic direction. More emphasis on pop sensibilities and the added depth of synths woven throughout.

Listening wise, Purple flows exceptionally well, taking the listeners journey as paramount. The opener “Believe” comes to life with a riff laden in mystery, akin to “Sleepwalker” by Parkway Drive. It builds to a point of instrumental unification, leading into a very positive, energetic track showcasing Liam Hesslewood’s versatility as a harsh vocalist, a skillful rapper and also having the ability to knock out some silky smooth hooks. “Pulled Apart” really takes advantage of their new love of synths, bringing them in as the the main melody and building the song from it’s foundation.

Lead single “Here Forever” pulls together dancing synth with sturdy riffs, topped with a memorable chorus by guest vocalist, ex-Forever Never frontman Renny Carroll. There are elements throughout that practically beg for audience participation. Breaking the mould is something this band thrive on; The curveball of Purple is “Who I Am“. With a change of pace, the boys bring the tempo right down with crisp guitars and intimate lyrics that really show another side to the band – A modern day ballad incorporating flares of style from bands prominent in bridging gaps into the mainstream, like That’s The Spirit-era Bring Me The Horizon. This song is arguably the highlight of the EP. The ideas here could be expanded upon if they wish to pursue a more mainstream listening audience. “Wilderness” is the final, and possibly the heaviest, track on Purple. It really pulls out all the stops, making a clear statement of “You have to listen to us and what we are capable of doing”.

However, there are some minor criticisms: Lyrically it can feel a little juvenile at times, with overused metaphors to boot. The songs could do with some more instrumental depth to really fill the songs out in places. In the joy of listening, at times it can feel like the “pay off” to a crescendo falls a little flat, especially on the final chorus of “Wilderness“.

But overall, this is a great listen. People will probably make comparisons to artists such as Linkin Park and Nu-Metal as a whole, but this isn’t entirely fair. Neshiima very much sound like Neshiima. Avoiding the pitfalls of many before them, they’ve mashed their influences into a very original and standalone creation. The future is extremely bright for Neshiima.