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Achilles Complex - Single Review: Jack In

20 Jun 2022 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

Achilles Complex hail from Hamilton and have been making a name for themselves since 2019, when they came on the scene with their explosive prog rock medley.

The four piece, compromising of frontman, Harley Flynn (vocals and guitar), Zak Cole (drums), Reece Gielen (vocals and lead guitar) and Jordan Carpenter (bass) create a stunning blend of intricate sounds, both heavy and melodic. They boast undeniable talent and depth.

Jack In is the band’s first single from their upcoming and highly-anticipated debut EP, Brand New World.

Opening with a synth fueled ambient sound, driving guitar riffs and crisp, clean melodic vocals, Jack In showcases that they are very much in their element, as they deliver a song that is solid from start to finish.

While I was hoping for a heavier vocal performance for this single, knowing what they are capable of, I wasn’t disappointed to hear those crunchy riffs at the forefront. I can’t wait to see what the rest of their EP unfolds.

Watch the lyric video for Jack In here.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Achilles Complex

Achilles Complex is a four-piece prog rock powerhouse from Hamilton which formed in 2019. Priding themselves on their tight and energetic sound, the band specialize in mixing hard-hitting riffs with those enormous soaring choruses that audiences can’t get enough of.

The band consists of front man Harley Flynn, whose mesmerizing rhythm guitar playing and animated vocal delivery captivates crowds and draws them into the performance. Their thunder god Zak Cole looms behind the drum kit, combining intricate rhythms with a fundamental groove, interspersed with blistering fills to keep the audience on their toes. He can also be seen on stage as fill-in drummer for Checaine on their 2022 Black River Tour. Reece Gielen (Rogue John Doe) boasts an intimidating vocal range and dominates the stage with fiery guitar leads. On bass they have Jordan Carpenter, providing the menacing rumble from down under, contrasted by his melodic lead lines and ambient textures.

Achilles Complex have played many shows throughout Hamilton and Auckland, sharing stages with high profile NZ acts such as Pull Down The Sun, Living State, FYVEYES, Claemus, Elidi, Pencarrow, Pale Flag and more.

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