With a mantra of “music for the sake of music, not music for the sake of making millions of dollars in record sales”, The Departure rocks their own special blend of pop punk and post-hardcore, invoking the likes of Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin in the process.
Gateways features plenty of dramatic buildup and just enough guitar solos to go around. Starting strong with “For The Best”, this EP delivers wave after wave of 90s nostalgia, teenage anguish, and growing pains.
I particularly loved the heavy atmosphere of “The Sea Part II”, which was artfully contrasted with “Lonely Eyes”, giving the EP a refreshing intermission from all the headbanging before plunging me back in with its final track
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