CD review HIGHER POWER ’27 Miles Underwater’

Higher Power release these days their sophomore longplayer ’27 Miles Underwater’. 3 years after having premiered with ‘Soul Structure’ the guys from Leeds, UK reveal a package of eleven new songs, all mainly based on Hardcore.

However, Higher Power has more in the offer, since they merge several styles and genres to a sound that reminds more than once of bands like Deftones. One of these tunes is ‘Lost in Static’ that delivers very dynamic Alternative Metal. Grunge, Hardcore and Rock, together with a well-done melody line, are the key-ingredients of this track while the following ‘Rewire 101’ unveils the Hardcore-roots. Brutal riffs and aggressive shouts in the chorus characterize a sonic wrecking ball that allows you to go wild.

Also ‘Passanger’ carries a lot of Hardcore spirit, but has also some Modern Metal embedded too. I even had to think about a heavier version of Dog Eat Dog while listening to the smasher. A song that takes a different road is ‘In the Meantime’, built on an acoustic framework and a real calm middle section. In the last third heaviness returns to the scene, still with a very melodic guitar sound.

To sum up: ’27 Miles Underwater’ is an album that offers well-crafted songs with lyrics that have a meaning and something to say. What’s missing is one or two tracks that really stand-out, real wow-factors on a good album.

Rating: 7 out of 10.


  1. Seamless
  2. Shedding Skin
  3. Lost in Static
  4. Rewire 101
  5. Low Season
  6. Passenger
  7. King of My Domain
  8. In the Meantime
  9. Starring in the Sun
  10. Self Rendered Lost
  11. Drag the Line

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: January 24th, 2020



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