Among the many tyrants that exist in the swancore scene, Royal Coda is perhaps one of the
best that has come to fruition. Their self-titled album, Royal Coda, was released on April 27th,
2018. After months of teasing out content, I was so pleased to hear Kurt Travis’ vocals on a
new project after he departed from A Lot Like Birds after No Place.
What sets this record apart can be described by the interconnected scene of talented
musicians that push into new musical territory with every composition.
First, you have Joseph Arrington, who despite the various projects he drums in (Sianvar, We
Came as Romans, The Amity Affliction, Alone., Chiodos, La Taiga) is able to create
memorable drumming that has equal force but less chaos than his previous projects.
It is a perfect entry point for the average listener who is not used to his technical drumming
that can be seen in Sianvar’s Stay Lost or the most recent Royal Coda album Compassion.
Arrington holds the fort together at the end of the day, while adding little inflections that keep
Then you have Sergio Medina, perhaps the most criminally underrated guitarist of so many
projects, whether it be Stolas, Royal Coda, Sianvar, and now apparently Eidola. He even wrote
guitar riffs for three Dance Gavin Dance songs ("Prisoner," "Born to Fail," "Nothing Shameful") on
the album Afterburner. Will Swan often gets a lot of