Somewhere between ambient music, metalcore and melodic hard rock lie the Welshmen Holding Absence, whose eclectic and harmonious tunes are already drawing quite the crowd, even despite their lack of a full-length album.
Since signing to the metalcore Mecca that is SharpTone Records in 2017, the collective have gone from strength to strength, shining not only with standalone singles like “Heaven Knows” and “Penance”, but also in their magnificent split EP with labelmates Loathe, This Is as One.
Musically, Holding Absence are best described as a union of the rampant-yet-harmonic heaviness of early TesseracT and the ambient patience of The Contortionist’s newer material. Lead singer Lucas Woodland’s versatility on the mic is one of the group’s biggest selling points, his clean vocals ranging from abrasive to fully enchanting, with a small handful of unabashed shouts also sometimes sneaking into the fray. The chord-driven guitars of Feisal El-Khazragi and Giorgio Cantarutti are primal and powerful, but never overbearing, often combining with Woodland’s sublime singing to give Holding Absence an accessible edge that very few others on this list possess.
At their rate of progression both music- and popularity-wise, don’t be surprised if you see this hard-rocking and uniquely gorgeous outfit selling out arenas within the next few years.