REVIEW: Polychuck – Part II: Shadows Remain (2021)

POLYCHUCK – Part II: Shadows Remain (2021 EP)

Polychuck’s back.  The diverse Montreal musician / singer / songwriter / shredder has returned to cap off 2021 with a followup EP to this year’s Shadows Exposed, and it’s a step into a larger world.  Everything seems bigger and bolder.  According to the man himself, these two new songs are a closing of the Shadows chapter, as he moves on to prepare his full length album debut — a concept album.

Of this new release, Polychuck explains:  “Those were the two songs that originally didn’t make the cut because of their darker, more aggressive sound. These are the heavier tracks that were written and recorded at the same time as the other ones on the EP.”

The progressive “Scarred” has elements that harken back to classic Alice Cooper.  Haunting keyboard touches, cinematic dialogue in the backdrop.  The song soon evolves into a chugging metallic stomp, with double bass setting an aggressive tone.  The icing on the cake is the second solo, a guest guitar spot by 17 year old Justus Hajas.  Wait until you hear this one!

The second track, “Lay a Claim”, stirs more ingredients together, including 80s pop and record scratching.  This classic-to-be brings us out of the Shadows with positive lyrics and outstanding melodies.  “I’m here to fuckin’ stay,” sings Polychuck with intent.

With talent like this, he’s sticking around!

Indeed, Polychuck has a vision, and it’s going to be cool to watch him unfold it.  As his sound grows we can assume his forthcoming album will be even bigger in scope.

4.5/5 stars

9 comments

  1. I remember this dude from the LeBrain train and checked out his material then and I saved a few.

    Scarred is very Djent like, and a save from me.
    His diversity is his selling point because he puts so many different styles in his tunes.

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