Nowhere to be Found: Traverse – Track Review

Powerful and somewhat anthemic, the latest single from Nowhere to be Found is hopefully a taste of what’s to come in the near future.

Portuguese quartet, Nowhere to be Found, are making quite a noise in the alternative metal scene. Thankfully, it’s noise that we very much want to hear more of.

Following on from 2016’s acclaimed debut album, Safe Haven, Traverse is the first track to be released from its follow-up, and features an impressive cameo from Memphis May Fire frontman, Matty Mullins. Temporarily taking over the microphone, Mullins makes his mark on the already powerful track by dominating the soundscape, backed by familiar, atmospherically thundering guitars and drums.

The track – along with the rest of the upcoming album – was produced by Henrik Udd, who has worked with Bring Me the Horizon and Architects, and mastered by the Grammy-winning Ted Jensen (Muse, Metallica, Green Day). As a result, the sound is not just a step up, it’s polished to near-perfection. The bass, often lost in guitar-heavy music, punches through and the drums cut through the mix to direct the track, especially formidable in the choruses. The guitar tones here are excellent too.

Traverse maintains an intense atmosphere throughout but doesn’t lack dynamism as a result – the transitions from verse to chorus keep the flow interesting. The build-up from the breakdown, post-second-chorus, draws the track to a powerful conclusion.

Prior to writing this review, I didn’t have Nowhere to be Found’s second album on my release radar – I definitely do now.

Verdict: A

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