|Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:45 AM|
Desaparecido; another thumping good start to a cracking song here, one that I want to listen to repeatedly, with the chanting chorus, phenomenal axe work and steady drum backing it is well worth a listen. The vocals, yes, they do hit opera like screams at points but he manages to restrain himself well and the song is that much better for it. Definitely one that will have you bopping around the kitchen whilst waiting for the toaster to do its thing.
Die ‘n Roll is then an immediate slap in the face, heavy hard hitting drums and guitar superbness, demonic like chanting to gritty bass and the bizarre rattly sound effect it all works so very well, nodding towards Motorhead heaviness at times before pulling right back to the softer side of rock. And while that is ok, I would have liked to have heard them go hell for leather throughout the entirety of the song.
I’m Not A Legend is up next, hello 80’s soft rock - but it feels at odds with the rest of the album. Although it gets heavier and infinitely more ear pleasing it just doesn’t work, it feels too chaotic, like two songs amalgamated to form the one multi-personality mess. Such a shame; at times I hear glorious glimpses then it has passed and the mundane strikes again.
Sorrow completes the album with a crackly intro before the 70’s groove flecked guitar begins bringing soft and subtle drum work, the “40-a-day- Marlboro- habit” vocals with before the cannons, yes literally, explode leading to the heavy once more. Overall a good way to finish what has been a rollercoaster album.
Elsewhere, Fallen Angel and Silver Bullet are both perfect examples of pure, arse kicking modern (ish), heavy rock and when the egotistical opera bullshit is kept to a minimum they really impress me. Secret Witness has a bad arse groove that sends the odd shiver up the old spine.
They work harmoniously for the most part, and taking a step back here to remember that this is their debut album, they have done well. I am hoping that as they evolve and their music together develops they will perfect their act and delivery and the next album I hear will really knock my socks off, they have the potential to do so for sure.
There is certainly no denying the talent that they all have and the potential that at the minute feels trapped, like a bird in a cage just looking for the opening, once they find it they will soar, of that I am sure.
Words: Kat Hilton
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