Alive At Zero Review Posted October 11, 2021 By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know
Roselyn, a chaotic metalcore band from Denmark, are comprised of members from other bands. Their new lead singer Ebbe Ryberg is formerly with contemporary band Selah. Alive at Zero is their first full-length album.
What It Sounds Like
Roselyn's sound is a vintage style of metalcore, reminiscent of early 2000s bands like Living Sacrifice and Zao. The music has some melodic elements as well as plenty of groovy, chaotic sounds. Singing is minimal on this record, as Ebbe's vocals consist almost entirely of a variety of screams.
Alive At Zero is inspired by the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe. The band shares, "We dig into some of the pain and injustices in the hopes of finding a glimpse of light and hope that there is more for us and that we can do better as humans."
Despite the focus on an earthly struggle, Roselyn brings powerful proclamations of universal hope and salvation. "Grace and Fire" cries out "grace and fire/You saved me from myself." "Iron Sharpens Iron" claims, "Let His light through the curtains/Guilt and shame dispelled/By living light overwhelmed." "Calm The Storm" is prayerful and intimate.
One of the best songs on Alive at Zero is "For The War." This song captures, both musically and lyrically, the depth that Roselyn brings. The catchy riff is one of the best parts, working opposite of the melodic backing in the chorus. And lyrically, it addresses the core of what Alive at Zero focuses on.
Roselyn's debut full-length record, Alive at Zero, is essential for chaotic metalcore fans. The title track is overly repetitive and "Strings / Interlude" seems out of place. But, the impressive vocals, mature songwriting, and intense musicianship ought to bring the album the attention it deserves.