Dear Apollo // Volume One

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Dear Apollo

Release date: January 16, 2018

Label: Unsigned

Volume One, the debut EP by duo Dear Apollo -- comprised of Cotee Embry and Mariel Diaz-Carrion (previously of Look Right Penny) -- is a cinematic, musically mature offering that also has a throwback quality to powerful female-fronted bands from the mid 2000's and will make you want to reach for your fingerless gloves and fishnet tights.

Volume One, the debut EP by duo Dear Apollo -- comprised of Cotee Embry and Mariel Diaz-Carrion (previously of Look Right Penny) -- is a cinematic, musically mature offering that also has a throwback quality to powerful female-fronted bands from the mid 2000's and will make you want to reach for your fingerless gloves and fishnet tights.

Dear Apollo sounds like the musical energy of Periphery meets the theatrics of Evanescence and Coheed and Cambria, with some alternative vibes, particularly in the guitar -- but on a more sophisticated and polished side of the spectrum.

Mariel Diaz-Carrion's voice is powerful and clear, well-suited to their self-attributed progressive metal genre, but the vocal control and technique also suggests more classical training or ability. The guitar riffs are also impressive, and the overall sound is incredibly full for only two musicians. 

Lyrically, the tracks don't quite match up with their musical maturity. With lines like "Right now I'm holding on for dear life / I'm on the edge / but I'm not giving up without a fight / I know that I will make it out alive / Full speed ahead and I'm not giving up without a fight" ("Pride") and "Darkness consumes you until there's no light / Can't seem to find you without any light / You're on the verge of losing yourself / A cry for help / Well here I am / Just take my hand" ("The Truth"), the lyrics feel a little too melodramatic and cliche for the music that it's paired with, but the music and vocals go a long way toward elevating the lyrics. 

Overall, Volume One is an impressive EP with powerful vocals and creative musicality. Hopefully in future albums, the lyrics will also take a more unique approach. You can give the EP a listen on Dear Apollo's bandcamp, along with their previous releases! Check out a video of the duo performing "Closure" below -- it's amazing that there's only two people behind this project.