TL;DR: The thing about Polaris, isnt that they're doing something "different" or "ground breaking," it's that they're taking sounds that we are all so familiar with and turning them into something interesting. They break the generic structure, maintaining a slightly progressive and expiremental edge, while still sticking true to the punishing metalcore sound. They're extremely FAMILIAR, while continuing to separate themselves from the crowd and proving why they will be the standout band of the 2020's.
Pray For Rain: acting as the intro track and painting the perfect scene for what's to come on this album, clean guitar ambience, relentless chugs, top notch vocal performances. Enjoyable in the context of the album, yet a little too drawn out for a playlist - 8/10
Hypermania: the circle pit song, takes heavy influence from Southern Metalcore and a classic metal sound, but this song only really shines in a live performance - 6.5/10
Masochist: I didnt like this song as a single, it scared me for the tone of the album, but after hearing it in context of the album its quickly become a top tier Polaris track and I cant get enough of it even after all this time. A perfect fusion of classic emo/post hardcore with modern metalcore - 8.5/10
Landmine: We all know this song is fucking amazing, and the choice of using a scream/chant refrain in place of a hook, and slapping a single random clean sung chorus in the middle of the song is a Polaris staple at this point. Not to mention the breakdown... - 7.5/10
Vagabond: This to me sounds like it belongs somehow on both "Neon" from Erra, and also any SXM Octane playlist ever. It feels true to today's METAL, but oddly out of character for Polaris. Which isnt a bad thing for a band that can seemingly do no wrong. This song is very fun and powerful, but nothing impressive - 7/10
Creatures Of Habit: MVP to the instrumentals here, this song is full of riffage and flaunting of musical talents, even in the chorus the instruments are on CENTER stage, again proving that Polaris is fueled by every member of the band and constantly looking to do things that are familiar to metalcore, yet unique to them - 8/10
Above My Head: returning to the more emotional side of the spectrum, the lyrics shine the most here. Catchy post hardcore/metalcore track with a more generic structure. Solid - 7/10
Martyr (Waves): probably the most out of the ballpark track on the project, an emotional ballad that pushes the vocal performances from both frontmen to their absolute limit. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Polaris just doesn't miss - 8/10
All Of This Is Fleeting: MY FAVORITE SONG OFF THE PROJECT! Amazing vocal performances. Ridiculous instrumentation. Perfectly punishing breakdowns. Slightly atypical structure. Perfect for the pit. Perfect for the sing along. The standout moment comes from the jarring breakdown. It doesnt even sound like it's from the same song and that's why I love it - 9.5/10
The Descent: The outro might be my least favorite song on the project. I found myself constantly zoning in and out of the song trying to remember to focus on the track so I could dissect it. Very expiremental song in terms of structure, however hard to hold onto for 5 minutes plus. Makes more sense in context of the album but falls short anywhere else - 6/10
Overall thoughts - 8/10 album. I'm incredibly disappointed that after waiting three years since hearing The Mortal Coil, I only got 10 songs to make me fall in love with Polaris all over again. Although they succeeded... This stands up to the pressure they received from the success of their 2017 debut. My favorite part about this album is that I can perfectly hear all of their influences. I hear the classic emo post hardcore from Silverstein and Hawthorne Heights loud and clear. I hear the Norma Jean. I hear the Killswitch Engage. I hear the Linkin Park. The Memphis May Fire. The Slipknot. The Of Mice & Men. The Suicide Silence. It's all there. Polaris knows how to showcase their influences in bits and pieces without sounding like a carbon copy. They're managing to make music from all ends of the spectrum that is incredibly entertaining and versatile without being too flashy or too much of an outlier as other bands tend to become. Polaris is determined on delivering high quality music with poetry and skill. Easy album of the year contender right here.