"Self-Worth" By Actions Speak Louder (Orlando, FL)/Post Hardcore/Released Jan 2017
Actions Speak Louder is a five piece post-hardcore/metalcore band hailing from Orlando, FL. The group came together in 2013 and have shared the stage with the likes of The Word Alive, I See Stars, and Famous Last Words. In 2014 the band released their debut EP Self-Discovery and followed that up with their most recent release, the Self-Worth EP, in January 2017.
ASL play a high energy brand of electronic-infused post-hardcore and fit in well with the Warped Tour brand of metalcore acts such as We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, and The Word Alive. Chuggy, pit-worthy rhythms and breakdowns are contrasted with big catchy choruses and soaring clean vocals. While the band’s sound is fairly accessible they provide just enough aggression to entertain the hardcore and metal crowd.
Self-Worth’s six tracks are tightly knit with little filler. No track ventures far past the four minute mark and the energy is kept at a high level throughout. The record opens with a banger in “Beat The Odds”. Easily the EP’s most aggressive track, it sets an exciting tone that grabs your interest for the rest of the songs. “When All Home Is Lost” showcases the band’s electronic elements well with atmospheric synth providing melody over djenty guitars.”Tunnel Vision” is likely the most melodic track and features a well performed duet that features Conquer Divide’s Kiarely Castillo. The vocals of Castillo and ASL’s Byron Peck play off each other well and makes for a unique metalcore power ballad. Another guest performance is found on “Moral Duty” and features Strangers To Wolves’ Chris Parketney singing on the final verse. The motivational lyrics are ripe for a crowd sing along and fit well into the record’s overall positive message.
Self-Worth is an excellent display from a band on the rise and shows a considerable amount of growth over the previous record from the group. With a sound that’s powerful yet accessible and a message of finding the strength in the individual, Actions Speak Louder are a talent that are worthy of rubbing shoulders with the best of today’s hardcore acts. With such a marketable sound, major labels are sure to come knocking on ASL’s door in the near future. And with exposure to a larger audience the band could be poised to become one of the genre’s top tier acts and grow their fan base of #Actionists. Only time will tell.