Her Skeleton's eponymous first EP puts an intriguing spin on the decade's quickly fading melodic hardcore movement -- ironically by reviving certain melodic guitar histrionics reminiscent of '90s alt rock, and contrasting it all against anguished vocal textures redolent of nu-metal bands like Korn and the Deftones. All three of the EP's tracks, but especially opener "Save You Now," see vocalist Chris Pope threatening to warble right out of key, but that only enhances their insinuated atmospheric anxiety. Second track "Dead to Me" loses some immediacy in denser instrumentation and very '90s detuned guitars, and shades of Chevelle (or Tool-lite, truth be told) emerge on third and final cut, "When I'm Gone." All in all, though, Her Skeleton construct surprisingly appealing hooks from these fairly abused musical building blocks, with plenty of room for growth.
AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia