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Saint Charles, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Saint Charles, Missouri, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Metal Hardcore


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"The Lighter Side Of Modern Aggressive Metal"

Reconcera is a modern metal band growing out of the spawning pods laid in place by bands like Norma Jean, August Burns Red, Underoath, among countless others. Their self-titled debut EP wears their musical influences very openly, and comes paired with religious overtones as is commonly found within this style of hardcore music. It is almost paradoxical to me that music meant to be an outlet for spiritual expression, compassion, and a proclamation of hope (as their online biography states) would come drenched in a fairly aggressive, and at moments seemingly dark, style of music. Much like the “white metal” movement, which evolved out of black metal (and maintains the aesthetic and sound, but with Christian oriented lyrics), Reconcera is walking on a fine line between the secular and religious world; and one I don’t mind to see bands walking on. While I am not religious by any stretch of the imagination, I do understand that music is often used as an outlet for religious expression (or expression of some other philosophical, religious, or political ideation); and can appreciate the openness in this regard. In the least, Reconcera is a throwback to my younger days when I spent much time in the basement of clubs and at festivals for bands like those I note as apparent inspirations for this music. Now, let me take a look at how these independent metal musicians hold up with their debut EP simply titled Reconcera.


The music contained on this album is well produced. There, I said it. It sounds pretty much perfect for the style. It can easily be compared to an assortment of records available today in the genre, and I’m not sure I can complain at all. It has this certain sound which finds a good place in between being approachable and poppy (as far as hardcore music can be, anyways); while also maintaining this very dry, almost live, mix across all of the tracks which is highly entertaining. As a side, Reconcera’s own guitarist Jake Roach actually did all of the recording and production on this album, so props to him for the high quality job.

As far as the compositions go, they range from feeling fairly average to a bit above. They never quite get into a genuinely “bad” territory, but I can’t help but feel like more should be done with this genre considering the heavy influx of bands over the past decade. Taken on their own with little context of other artists, these are pretty solid compositions all around. But, part of this review is geared towards emphasizing why you should listen to this band as opposed to other artists in the genre, and unfortunately there are not many unique identifiers that allow this band to stick out in my mind. Indeed, tracks like the intro “Road to Nowhere” does a good job of setting an atmosphere, and another like “Captivity and Struggle” provides some catchy choral segments and some hard hitting riffs; but at the end of the night I just don’t feel as inspired as I feel I should from a genre like this. More complexity on the compositional front would certainly serve this band better in the future.


The instrumental aspect of Reconcera is a bit lacking by my taste. No doubt, some people are drawn to the standard array of metal instruments (guitar, bass, drums, and vocals); but I find that it gets pretty dull really quick unless the instrumental parts are complex, technical, sometimes very melodic, and memorable. Unfortunately, we don’t get a whole lot of any of this throughout this 5 track EP. Strangely enough, even with this to say, the album as a whole sounds good and just feels good to listen to; but when I break it down and examine the parts, there isn’t a whole lot of content to care for. Take track 2 for instance, “Let This Be Your Voice,” wherein the intro riff has been heard time and time again on metalcore albums in the past. It then turns into a chugging breakdown of sorts, which again, have been beaten to the pulp in recent years by bands in this style. It’s not “bad,” but it’s not revolutionary or unique.

Fortunately, the vocals performed by Joshua Smith are top notch for the style. They are all over the place in terms of tonality, ranging from low gurgling growls to higher pitched screams; and paired with some clean singing moments for the melodic choruses and such. I honestly have no complaints in this regard, and a track like “Out of Darkness” becomes a standout on this album as a result of a really solid vocal performance.

Overall Impression

At the end of the day, Reconcera is an enjoyable debut EP littered with moments of mediocrity. As I listened through this album several times, I kept asking myself one simple question: What is this band doing differently than others in the genre? There was no real answer in my mind. Indeed, there are no bad tracks on this album. Nothing feels like filler. But it just feels a little bit empty from a musical standpoint, but I am certain they will garner themselves at least a small following of people who really enjoy this genre of music and are trying to dig deeper into the independent underground. So, if I can give any advice to Reconcera it is this: take your music farther in the future. Add more textures and sounds. A guitar solo, synthesizers, world instruments, and so on would add depth to music like this and rejuvenate my interest in the genre; which has lied dormant for quite some time since seeing early living bands at a younger age. For what it is though, Reconcera is a good debut album, not great.

Standout tracks: “Out of Darkness” and “Seconds into Hours” - Chris Romans

"HTP Review: Reconcera"

Reconcera, a modern metal band with spiritual influences hailing from Saint Charles, Missouri, seems to have a lot going for them these days. They’ve got some tight promo pictures, thousands of views on YouTube and some of the coolest EP art I’ve seen from an independent band. Of course, we all want to believe that image isn’t everything these days, so I decided to sit down and actually check out the band’s debut self-titled EP just to make sure there was some great music to pair with the faces. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

Released on October 10th of this year, this self-titled EP wonderfully combines the old conventions of the oft-overlooked beginnings of metal with the genre’s modern influences of breakdowns and synth. One thing that Reconcera does especially well that a lot of current heavy bands seem to forget about is what used to make older metal so awesome: the speed. First full track, “Let This Be Your Voice”, comes flying out of the gate with some extremely tight riffing, reminding all of us why we started listening to metal in the first place. Additionally, following the intensely heavy breakdown in album closer, “Seconds Into Hours”, there is an impressive section of fast chord changes and palm-muting, reminiscent of Metallica, and honestly, it hits even harder than the preceding breakdown.

So Reconcera definitely knows how to kill it, but what really sets them apart from the rest? Take a listen to the short album introduction, “Road To Nowhere” and you’ll quickly have your answer. After an eerie 30 seconds of silence, some piano starts to fade in, and you know that something huge is about to happen. It’s rare that an effects-driven intro can get me this excited to hear the album, but Reconcera’s opening succeeds with ease in preparing you for the insanity.

Every single track on Reconcera’s self-titled debut is an admirable addition to the world of modern metal, and the EP never slows down. The lightning speed of “Out of the Darkness” is sure to make it a late album favorite, and it will probably serve well as the album’s second single, following the heavy monster that is “Captivity and Struggle”. Even if spirituality isn’t your thing, Reconcera doesn’t throw it in your face and is very respectful of everyone’s different beliefs in their lyrics, so there's very little not to like on the album.

Let’s take a look at the checklist, shall we? Good musicianship? Check. Cool art? Check. A bunch of amazing tracks sure to please potential fans from Hear This! Promotions? Well, we sure think so, but why don't you be the judge of that and check 'em out now! - Max Puhala


Still working on that hot first release.



Reconcera is a 4 piece metal outfit from Saint Charles, Missouri. Since its conception at the very end of 2012, but not established until 2013; Reconcera has managed to pull a great performance together, meshed with a tasteful blend of heavy yet driving material. On October 10th, 2013, they released their debut EP simply self-titled "Reconcera" that was received very well in their music genre and was featured on various college radio stations and music websites. With a great quality sounding (self-produced) recording, they have always been known to deliver the same, as well above and beyond energy on a live performance playing their material released on a studio recording. This band is a very aggressive form of the genre, yet passionate and self-defining. Next to the biggest names in the metal industry, Reconcera is ready to make a difference in the world today by doing what they love. 

This is Reconcera.

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