Locked In are back after a 7 year hiatus & with listening to this EP you can tell they are back & as angry as ever.
Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, this EP is a short passionate slab of melodic hardcore reminiscent of the likes of Shipwreck AD, Killing The Dream & The Carrier.
That is no surprise when Locked In formed during the high point of melodic passionate hardcore in the early 00s.
In 2021, this is a breath of fresh air in a scene that is now following the trend of early metalcore & hatebreed style breakdowns. I love that style of new hardcore but what Locked In are able to do is break back a style that hasn’t been in the spotlight since that early 00s movement.
It is a breath of fresh air & makes Locked In stand out from most other hardcore bands right now. The band wears their influences on their sleeves for sure. Punk, Metal & Hardcore are all in the mix but they are able to craft something so dynamic & compelling that the band would feel brand new.
Some bands when reforming can become stale or formalic; not Locked In.
“Viper Field” & “No Faith” show that the band still have the passion & drive to write hardcore that isn’t just for fun, this is music with a message, real dedication behind it & that shows.
The only thing that lets down the EP is the sound mix. Hardcore at its best is very DIY, raw & exposed but I feel the EP soundwise is a little up in the air, the guitars aren’t high enough in the mix. The bass drops in & out of the tracks and the vocals are way too loud. But I feel with some more tweaking on a later release, I would love to hear what Locked In are able to produce.
All round this a great slice of 00s melodic hardcore brought up to 2021s standard. It fairs well & ticks every box it should!