“New Skin” ignites the release with ringing, open chord riffage that is prevalent through all songs. The track then wavers through calmer passage into a hefty break and a drone-like, bulldozing outro. The structure on all five pieces are pretty similar, but it doesn’t get numbing at any point. The tracks are of shorter kind and pleasant to listen to. The overall mood of the ep is bleak and hopeless, and the lyrics don’t exactly read like they were written under the warm Florida sun either. It’s easy to relate to the lyrics, though they might seem ambiguous at first. I consider that to be a positive thing; It’s refreshing to read something that doesn’t constantly trumpet only one right, humdrum interpretation. It’s nicer to just mentally drift off with that sort of material, rather than to have someone explaining something to you like you were four.
“Necessary Fires” and “Instilled (interlude)” are some seriously stomping tracks that further expand Colonial Wound‘s repertoire, but it’s the two final tracks that really floored me and made me want to listen to them on repeat. The frantic pace, constant time signature changes and rhythmically distinctive drum beats in “Passenger to the Blur” make the stand out moment of the ep. Add a minimal bridge and a surprisingly melodic section towards the end, and you have a winner. Since the ep is mostly constructed on pulverizing, hardcore oriented beating, it might sound a bit peculiar to claim that the most melodic tracks work the best. However, while the latter tracks are more melodic, they’re also more varied compositionally. That balance is where Colonial Wound also thrives. The closing track “Savior Claim” offers some structural polyrhythms and the most catchiest main riff on the release. It also has an eerie vibe to it throughout, which acts as an atmospheric closer, noise crescendos and all.