Label: UNFD
Three similar bands: Architects/Karnivool/Cloudkicker

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Bloodline (HEALTH Remix)
2. 4D (Mashd N Kutcher Remix)
3. Vultures (Mr Bill Remix)
4. Ohm (Northlane Remix)
5. Sleepless (Phase One Remix)

Marcus Bridge – lead vocals
Jon Deiley – lead guitar, programming
Josh Smith – rhythm guitar
Nic Pettersen – drums, percussion
Brendon Padjasek – bass guitar, backing vocals
Alex Milovic – bass guitar (on track 10 only)

Discoveries (2011)
Singularity (2013)
Node (2015)

Mesmer (2017)

Alien (2019)



Released 2021-02-26
Reviewed 2021-04-19


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Northlane has enlisted the help of some electronic artists to make remixes of their songs, and they have done one of them themselves as well. Most of the tracks is from their latest effort Alien, an album that wasn’t particularly impressive. It is a five-track EP that is called 5G, like the communication standard, but I doubt you really need 5G to have enough bandwidth to stream the songs if that is what you do.

It sounds like the metalcore that we heard from Northlane on the previous album, but with a more electro-pop feel to it. I know that Alien was a bit pop as well but this one is more of that, and I would not exactly claim that it offers anything really different from the stuff we got from Alien a few years ago. It is only five tracks and about eighteen minutes, so at least it passes pretty quickly for the one who decides to play through it – I used the short time to hear it many times over in a fairly short period of time.

It is not the most impressive release I have ever heard, not one of the worst either. I find this one to be quite dull, quite mediocre actually. I didn’t like Alien, and I do not think this one is a step up in comparison with that – kind of wasted time and effort, both making it and listening to it. I guess it is decent, but none of the tracks stand out or impress.

I think that it is safe to overlook this one, it doesn’t really offer anything particularly brilliant. Maybe the band’s fans will find it worth the time and the effort, but I doubt that anyone else will find it particularly appealing or interesting. I don’t see that there is any reason to care about what Northlane has to offer, it just isn’t good enough to impress. I don’t think there is any need to say more than that about it.