R U N – For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet
Released: May 29th, 2020
Lochlan Watt – Vocals
Mike Deslandes – Guitar
Joe Taylor – Session Drums
R U N is Australia’s newest heavy music duo to gain traction within the scene, consisting of industry professionals Lochlan Watt (Triple J’s The Racket, Thy Art Is Murder, Psycroptic) and Mike Deslandes (YLVA/High Tension). This EP delves into a relatively unfamiliar sub-genre of metal, a middle ground between metalcore and melodic progressive post-black metal, all while showing us the pairs true colours as it explores their personal struggles with brain cancer, death, grief and anguish.
The EP kicks off with ‘For You’ with a fast-paced tempo, high-intensity blast beats and an alluring guitar riff. It quickly becomes apparent that this song a creative release of extreme emotional pain and fear with lyrics such as “In slumber from the womb to the grave I feel the timeline fade“. It is evident that this is a very personal song as Watt screams “This is not for you; this was never for them, this life will never be for anyone but me.” Instrumentally, it’s quite obvious that this song has been written by industry professionals with years of experience under their belts, the technical proficiency is outstanding. Next up is ‘Will Never’, which seems to takes inspiration from the black metal genre. This is a vicious, fast-paced, yet somewhat catchy song. The extensive guitar work in this piece is very impressive. Lyrics such as “We’re all going to die, but not today” makes this song seems as if it is almost a continuation of the previous track. The song concludes with a breakdown for all you metalcore/deathcore lovers out there.
‘Find Peace begins similarly to the first two songs, with no slow build-up, they delve straight into their heavy elements. A deep guitar riff maintains its position at the core of this track. I find this track to be a stand-out, it incorporates an array of twists and turns instrumentally and lyrically, with strong emotion being displayed throughout its entirety through lyrics such as “I will find no fucking peace”. The song concludes with a long ambient sound which seems to compliment the song in its entirety perfectly. The introduction of ‘Within’ is slow and gradual, which doesn’t change for the vast majority of the song. The final ninety seconds of the song returns to the duo’s heavy roots. This is a very interesting offering; it is quite unusual and unique. R U N threw a spanner in the works with this song, and I think it worked in their favour!
The EP concludes with ‘Your Quiet’, which doesn’t seem to fluctuate in any way all that much; however, the consistency in that particular song is beautiful to listen to, which finishes up the EP, leaving me to feel as if I had just taken an extensive journey through the heart and soul of Lochlan Watt.
R U N have come running out of the gates with this release as it manages to breathe fresh air into an already exciting genre. With both Lochlan and Mike’s wealth of experience and knowledge, it is exciting to think about their future and where they could end up with this band.
R U N – For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet tracklisting:
- For You
- Will Never
- Find Peace
- Your Quiet