Possibly Britain’s hardest working band have finally unleashed their new eagerly anticipated record. That band is Polar and the album is titled ‘No Cure No Saviour’. Tour after tour after tour followed their last release and the guys look set to roam the same path again this time around, only the stages are getting bigger, and the voices are getting louder. A DIY ethic and a positive attitude has gotten Polar this far, will the songs on No Cure No Saviour be enough to elevate them to the next step?
An electric build breathes this record into life with ‘Blood for Blood’ jogging our memory of what this band are all about, infectious head banging riffs and gravel throated deliveries. Following on from ‘Shadowed By Vultures’ the guys have implemented a more melodic approach to their playing and especially to Woody’s vocals. He isn’t singing but more learnt how to utilise his voice and range to emphasise the more straight forward sections. The ending gets the blood pumping and the adrenaline coursing, a crushing opening. ‘Downfall’ follows on in similar fashion, the riffs are the size of boulders and the drums sound thunderous. Coming along cloaked in menace and purpose is ‘King of Kings’. There are subtle additions like delicate keys almost buried in the mix during the melodically laced pre choruses and subsequent chorus.
If you were a fan of the ‘lighter’ material on the previous release then you’ll be pleasantly surprised with ‘Until The Light’. A radio friendly feel that still has balls and integrity. The rough singing style works wonders with the light and precise guitar work, there’s even a solo to prove this isn’t a regular part of the Polar blueprint. Anyway lets get back to the nasty stuff, ‘Tidal Waves and Hurricanes’ comes along like a force of nature and obliterates everything in its path. The chorus is enormous, plain and simple, its stadium sized and undeniably catchy. “No saviour, no saviour, will save us”. Huge. There are moments of respite on the album in the forms of ‘No Cure’ and ‘Cold Dark Nothing’. Interlude style tracks with the former having a recorded segment of the band talking to one of the homeless people from the video to Until The Light. Also with this record the band are working with Crisis a charity that works with homeless people, the band have already played a clutch of shows to raise money.
One of the highlights comes from a guest spot from Comeback Kid frontman Andrew Neufeld on ‘Deus Ex Machina’. His unmistakable voice taking centre stage for a few moments and adding another twist to this guessing game of experiments. ‘Destroy’ makes a surprising reappearance having been recorded and put out on a previous release. Something we’ve noticed more and more with each listen is how prominent and anthemic the vocals have become, maybe realising there’s more to just screaming and shouting has made Polar re-think how they construct and write lyrics and vocals. There’s builds and pit chants, brutal almost call and response parts and gang chants aplenty. Especially on ‘Lost Souls’, “Twice bitten, once burnt, sleeping with the enemy what have you learnt?” leads in a decadent breakdown that uneases you yet pumps you up ready for destruction. Closer ‘No Saviour’ brings all the energy and emotion that has been played, screamed, shouted and hit out on this record all to a thrilling climax, funnelling all the rawness to one final crescendo. (9/10)
Review by Joshua Clarke (@JPClarke91)