UK band Landscapes pull off one of the most diverse sounding melodic hardcore records with Modern Earth. The gruff, desperate, and poignant vocals mixed with the brooding instrumentals give the album a sense of texture that is hard to match. From slow crooning songs “Remorser” and “Escapist” to sing-a-longs like “Neighbourhood,” it’s hard to pick a favorite. The clean vocals transition to uncleans so easily and the changing rhythms flow so naturally that listening to Modern Earth from beginning to end is like listening to a dark, sad and soothing lullaby. And as if the album didn’t have enough depth to offer, “Aurora” introduces an almost Shakespearean sense of drama and poetry with spoken rhymes about the cruelty of the world. The words themselves are so musical that you almost don’t realize there is no music to speak of on this track. To sum it up, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a record like this one anywhere else.