There's a tremendous sense of energy coming from this band. Songs like No Place and Found At Last are filled with these gnarly riffs that will have you banging your head punctuated by drumming that seems all over the place in a good way. It keeps things interesting and entertaining. All of this is capped off with fantastic vocal work. The band hammers your ears with glorious moments of heaviness that give way into more methodical melodic moments as well. You'll never really know what to expect from these songs, they keep you guessing and that's great.
The melodic moments are really what help set the band apart. Often times these songs or parts of songs can easily feel forced, like the band felt they needed to have a ballad to show off their softer side. Here these parts really just feel necessary. They carry just as much weight if not more than the heavy riffing and screaming. In particular the song Sonder really stands out. Despite clocking in at just under two minutes it uses it's time very well. It starts off with an ambient guitar and pumping drums with clean vocals, a slight change from previous songs, it does open up to screaming. There's a sense of desperation and emotion that is difficult to capture with words.
Very few bands in the metalcore scene have things quite together as much as COVE does. It's to the point where it's hard to imagine this is a debut album. It easily sounds like something from a band that has been well established. It wouldn't be hyperbole to say this band has really pushed the genre forward and raised the bar. It'll certainly be interesting to see where they go next, where ever it may be COVE has proven they won't lead us astray.