Upset Victory, The – The Awakening EP
Record Label: Recover Records
Release Date: February 15, 2011
The Upset Victory have not gotten a whole lot of attention mainly due to their lack of exposure by a major record label. They have been featured in AMP magazine as one of the “Top 8 Bands You Should Be Blastin'!” as well other publications. Their third release The Awakening is a very aggressive EP with driving guitars and beautiful melodies, regrettably only including 2 songs.
The First song “Actions” showcases the band's talents. The guitar riffs remind you a bit of early Saosin and the aggression is all there. Vocalist Joseph Dill puts up a very admirable performance through the entire track to balance the guitarwork. Dill is not afraid to use the falsetto as he uses it throughout the chorus of the song and at tasteful points in the song. On “Actions” the band does a very good job of crafting a very good single top to bottom, all the pieces fit together never letting the song stagnate even as it comes to a dramatic slow down in the latter half of the song before picking it back up for the ending.
The second song “Iron Sights” starts very aggressive and with lots of promise through the first verse. However, the song shifts completely at the chorus. The band choose to use a very poppy chorus that seems very much out of place with the style of the song. Dill cries “No, no, no don't leave me in the dark" and the melody is very beautiful, but just seems not to fit. Perhaps in an acoustic version it would have a better home. As with “Actions” the song slows down around the 2 minute mark before bringing the chorus back and closing with a very aggressive last few seconds. The last minute of the song is very well done, despite the chorus, and it closes as heavy as it starts.
The Upset Victory shows a lot of promise throughout the EP as both songs are musically very well done. The only weak points are the chorus of “Iron Sights”, which regrettably stays with you from that song, and some small production imperfections (the screaming at the end of said song). For a band with only a few short releases under their belt there is a lot to look forward to from them.