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STATES - Single/Video Review: Relentless

03 Apr 2021 // A review by JP Carroll
Auckland band States have been around the local scene for some time, in various incarnations. Through changes in the band line-up and direction in sound, the band has settled on a roster in which there is vision and optimism to invest deeply in their music and visuals. The result is Relentless, and between the visceral intent of the song and the sheer panache of the video, the outcome is very impactful.

Chris Birch’s drumming is creative and forceful, with flourishes and fills filtering through with optimally timed precision. Birch, of course, forms a formidable rhythm section with Rob Woodman, who’s bass arrangement is tasteful and foundational. Together they create the roots to that huge, modern metal sound as produced by Zorran Mendonsa. Guitarists Nik Dobbin and Reuben Parlane combine to attack the midrange with huge riffs and subtle lead lines, before Dobbin takes the fore with a thoughtfully cultivated guitar solo. This all serves as the groundwork for front man and rapper Scotty Squire to grab the listener’s attention with his resolve; There is a palpable anger and animosity in the performance that is deeply reminiscent of early Blindspott, and also has shades of P.O.D. when considered alongside the deep, modern, melodic rock sound the band co-creates.

The music video, directed by Bahador Borhani of Written By Wolves, accompanies the song with polish and style. With captivating imagery, smoke-filled stages, filtered backgrounds and an energetic but fluid edit, it is truly rewarding on the eye. Any band would be proud to have their music represented visually to this standard.

Though States have been through many formats over the years, the arrival of Relentless signals the beginning of a new era, which is very good news indeed for New Zealand rock and nu metal fans. Throw up the horns and catch this huge track at the next States show.
Rating: ( 5 / 5 )


(Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand,) With a sound that is best described as an aural smackdown - STATES is a hard-hitting band that doesn’t pull its punches when it comes to getting crowds pumped. Comprised of members from Heathen Eyes, Rumour City and Anemoia, the band combines in-your-face vocals and huge musical energy with explosive live performances.

Reborn with the inclusion of frontman Scott ‘The Opposite’ Squire in 2019, this addition shaped a new line-up by joining Reuben Parlane (guitar/vocals), Rob Woodman (bass) Chris Birch (drums) and Nik Dobbin (guitar). With a wealth of varied expertise, STATES looks back upon the ‘nu’ sounds of rap rock from the early 2000’s and amalgamates this with the progressive metal tones of today.

STATES bring their music to the people in 2021 with the release of their debut single Relentless, recorded and mastered by renowned producer and sound engineer Zorran Mendonsa (Devilskin, Coridian, City of Souls, Blacklistt). Paired with the accompanying video produced and directed by Bahador Borhani (Written By Wolves), Relentless will forge itself firmly into your playlist with its authentic blend of razor-edged riffs, slick vocal throwdowns and infectious hooks.

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Lost + Found
Year: 2017
Type: EP

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