Farewell At Last is a Rock EP that was released on October 8, 2021. Windsor’s Matt Scalzo, Devin Amyotte and Luca Marello's collaboration on this project can be categorized as a triumphant energetic debut in the world of alternative metal, metalcore and rock and roll. The heavy low-pitched guitar riffs, powerful drum patterns, growling vocals fading in and out of the foreground, distorted vocals, and the lyrics' relatability, especially in the chorus, make this EP worth a replay.
1. Noise In My Head
Instruments: The rock trio wastes no time with this track to get your headbanging. The heavy low-pitched guitar and the slow aggressive drum pattern are abrasive and in your face, setting the tone for the entirety of this EP. Also, the counter-melody consisting of high-pitched guitar strings is an excellent addition, which helps spice the song up and keeps the main melody interesting. This counter-melody is effective because it cuts out during the track's main vocals, allowing the vocals to have space and not sound too crowded in the mix.
Lyrics: There's a theme throughout this EP, and Noise In My Head is the first chapter of this story. The poetic lyrics on this track tell a tale of something or someone being separated and set free. That core concept could be considered sad, but that isn’t the vibe I get. Instead, I hear a sense of relief in Matt’s lyrics that whatever he was holding on to is now gone, but that sense of relief also comes with resentment towards the separated. Overall, lyrics with this kind of undertone mix nicely with the heavy instrumentation, which will keep the listener coming back no matter what their mood is.
2. Dead Man’s Game
Instruments: Unlike Noise In My Head, this song has a fast-paced guitar and drum pattern, which crescendos in quickly to start the song. Although the main guitar riff is catchy and could stand out by itself, the high-pitched chords that come in during the pre-chorus and chorus add more flavour to the track. While those parts of the track are nice, what stands out is the solo. This solo is the definition of shredding a guitar, and it is the best one of the entire EP. If you’re learning how to play guitar, this is the type of song that you will marvel at and try to figure out how the heck Matt was able to play that.
Lyrics: Dead Man’s Game pushes further into that feeling of resentment I mentioned earlier. These lyrics give a sense of being done, angry and ready for whatever obstacles may come. Luca’s aggressive and emotional lyrics cement a feeling of never giving up and being prepared to fight to the end. If you need a song to hype you up for that last rep at the gym, Dead Man's Game is the song for you.
3. Some Other Day
Instruments: Some Other Day sets a different mood than the other songs on this EP. The brief faded drum roll that quickly transitions into strong power chords mixed with a high-pitched sliding guitar riff layers nicely on top of a double kick and single snare drum pattern to give this track an upbeat punk rock feel. Also, the low-end bass guitar buried in the background creates a nice balance to ensure this track's high-pitched guitar riff isn’t too harsh. Every instrument in this song has a defined place in the mix, giving the track space for vocals and allowing the melodies and countermelodies to transition smoothly.
Lyrics: The instruments aren’t the only thing that makes this song fall under the punk rock category. Devin's lyrics push the narrative of separation further but with a positive undertone, hinting that past traumas are still prevalent. The chorus especially insinuates those feelings and even gives the listener a sense of hope for better days. I think the hook on Some Other Day is the catchiest one on the EP, and it will make listeners repeat it in their head after only one listen.
Instruments: Like the first song of this EP (Noise in My Head), Sink wastes no time to grab the listener's attention. The strong power chords and heavy drums are loud, aggressive, and in your face. When the main vocals come in, the tempo initially slows down, but as the song progresses, all the elements of this track mold together to create an intense build-up. That build-up transitions smoothly into the solo with a brief but clean guitar slide that is one of the highlights of this entire project. The guitar solo consists of power chords jumping around different octaves, which works well with this song, considering it is being carried by solid power chords the whole way through. After the solo and towards the outro, the tempo picks up again with a high-pitched guitar riff layered on top of the same power chords heard throughout the song. The complex guitar riff and heavy drums in the outro end this EP with a bang that will leave listeners coming back for more.
Lyrics: Coming to a close with this project, Sink is a realization that completely cutting off the separated isn’t the answer to fix the issues sung about on this EP. It is more so an acceptance that these feelings are a part of what the music is. It might not be a happy ever after ending, but it answers what Farewell At Last means. It means that releasing these sounds and feelings into the world was the last necessary step to prosper from past traumas and finally let go.
Verdict: Farewell At Last is an aggressive, heavy and energetic debut that highlights Matt's, Devin's and Luca’s versatility as musicians. Matt shows off wicked guitar riffs throughout the project, nice vocal delivery on Noise In My Head, and proves that bass guitar isn’t the limit of his music capabilities. Devin shows off impressive rasp and vocal range on the other tracks while delivering consistent knocking and energetic drum patterns throughout the entirety of Farewell At Last. Lastly, Luca provides some of the most impressive vocals throughout the entire EP on Dead Man’s Game. Overall, this project is a 14:38 journey that will leave the listener feeling energetic and motivated. Additionally, the short length of this EP gives every one of these songs more replay value which allows fans to feel closer to the music.