To begin 2016, I went to my favorite site to hear about new music and came across these guys. I have never in my life heard of them, but the style of music it said they were appealed to me. So let's begin this new year with something I am completely unfamiliar with!
Track 1 - I
The title track definitely comes in pretty forceably with a thunderous, booming guitar riff. I get why they're considered "hard rock" but the singer just doesn't fit the mold. That's not always necessairily a bad thing though. He's just different. Granted this is only the first track. Overall this song is pretty solid and very well recorded. Nothing groundbreaking yet.
Track 2 - Dust
The second track, titled "Dust", comes in with a Rise Against worthy riff. The musicianship is definitely tight between these guys and they've done their homework on how to put together a song. The guitarists use of harmonics in the chorus is a nice added effect, but then again, i've always been a sucker for harmonics. So far this is the standout track. I wouldn't be surprised if this song made it to a radio station near you soon, if it hasn't already.
Track 3 - Someday
Album title tracks can usually go either way. Some are really good, some are just flat out horrid. This one really brings it though! I'm really enjoying this band so far and am becoming very happy that I selected them to be the first band I review. So far, ALL of their songs have been fantastic and my only complaint is that this cd only has 11 tracks. Watch out for the guitar solo in this one! Their guitarist is pretty good.
Track 4 - Breaking The Machine
I love the way this band makes use of intros and outros for their songs. The singer is really good, but his singing does kind of sound the same on each track. If their guitarist or bassist or drummer would sing on some tracks as well, this band could gain popularity very quickly by bringing some variety. They also set themselves up for some good screaming parts, but fail to take advantage of them completely.
Track 5 - Perpetual Motion
This song is quite a bit slower than the rest, but they handle it well. This song definitely showcases the singers voice in a more intimate setting. He really is a great singer, he just seems to not stray from his style at all. That can be a damning habit however. The guitarist once again, shines brightly on this track!
Track 6 - Bones
I think I already have a favorite track, 6 songs in. They start off with a bouncing guitar riff, leading into a subtle acoustic laced verse. The bassist showcases himself a little more than on previous tracks throughout the verses as well. This song will become an INSTANT radio hit if played.
*THIS IS THE TRACK TO LISTEN TO ON THIS ALBUM!
Track 7 - Run Aground
Their guitarist really shines the most on this album. His work on this track shows it the most. The singer also sounds really good on this track. You can almost detect a hint of a Tool influence in the way he goes from his soft spoken verse lyrics into the booming Chorus ones.
Track 8 - Holy Wars
This might end up having the heaviest intro on the album. This album was recorded tremendously well. You can really hear all of the aspects of their music very clearly and this track shows it perfectly. The driving kick drum and snare roll on this track keep the track moving quite nicely.
Track 9 - Waiting
This song doesn't really offer alot until the breakdown. Once it hits and they start jamming on it, it ties it together and saves it from mediocracy. This is one of the less exciting tracks of the album, but still good nevertheless.
Track 10 - King Of Stone
This track is another one that seems to be lacking a little. I still say if they added a second singer that could scream that these guys would be GREAT. But even if they don't you gotta respect them for doing what they're doing. It's hard to get noticed when thousands of bands are doing the same exact thing. At least these guys have their own identity and don't sound like they are a carbon copy of someone else.
Track 11 - Searching
Definitely didn't expect this song to start how it did. This may be the most laid-back song on the entire album. Another intimately set tone will find resonance with listeners searching for something a tad bit lighter. Their guitarist truly is the shining star in this band.
Overall - 34/55
While they aren't going to change the world, they are going to gain fans. They sound different than most of the garbage that's out right now and that's a good thing. Pretty good band and i'm glad I listened to them. Till next time, Willowbee out.