Juggernaut – Overlooked EP

Juggernaut - Overlooked

Juggernaut – Overlooked EP

Juggernaut’s sound won me over immediately. So straightforward and mean. Just listen to “Deeper,” the first track on the band’s latest EP, Overlooked. The song starts with a few brooding, reluctant notes. Then the other instruments join in, and the momentum builds. Fifty-five seconds in, the reluctance is gone and you are faced with heavy, stomping hardcore that is about as complex as a baseball bat. But the pace continues building, culminating at minute 1:40 with a breakdown riff so obvious and perfect that it could only have happened by accident. Any other hardcore songwriter should be jealous. Vocalist Jorden Cudzilo capitalizes on this riff perfectly, shouting out, “Deeper / Around my neck / I’m staring and it’s my last.” The vocal performance is consistently the best part of Juggernaut. But on Overlooked, Juggernaut never top the opening track.

Still solid, track two, “Blistering Crow,” is so short (less than two minutes) that it fails to develop. Track three, “All Was Given,” leaves a mark with the drawn-out rhythm hammered out in the track’s opening. Then the song’s rhythm quickens, but not exponentially. At times, the anger on Overlooked is abated by the EP’s consistently moderate pacing; the beats on these four songs never approach breakneck speeds. The heaviness, however, just does not let up.  The fourth and final track is “Dweller.” The final segments of this track reveal one recurrent flaw on Overlooked: the riffs can sound clumsy, and this does create some sophomoric moments. But those moments get lost in the glare of the EP’s shiniest parts.

Blasphemour Records