The five piece Stages delivers a refreshing take on metalcore with their debut EP New War. The whole thing doesn’t play like the work of newcomers. It’s reminiscent of some of the genre’s finest acts at their best. There are also slight notes of death metal with a hint of progressive and a strong aftertaste of “fuck, yeah!”
The most powerful song is the last on the release and the title track, which also features Exotype’s Steven McCorry. The deep, low, savage growls over the high, distant sounding keyboard strokes creates a devastatingly chilling sound. It is a grotesque perversion of the traditionally beautiful sound of the keys by the violence of the screams. It truly is warlike. Stages has crafted a phenomenal EP that deserves your attention.