Really an unusual
proposal the one offered by this Richmond-based trio, embodying Heavy
Rock with particular vocals, as crazy as Black Sabbath's youngest Ozzy,
yet very catchy and easy to remember. The same speech can be done for
the riffs, easy-listening but never foreseeable, and gifted with a wide
and smart use of pedal effects.
Their ten tracks rest on hopping patterns and sounds looking back to
the 70s and the 80s, while the axe solos are fairly well-played and
composed. The songwriting is sometimes too uniform, mirroring the classic
method of construction: strophe, chorus, solo, strophe, chorus, but
not seldom are there exceptions: the bright ride of "Reggie
Had An Axe to Grind", a song between the early Genesis, Iron
Maiden and Rush; the disquieting main riff of the cinematographical
"Pestilence", all-out highlight of the record and of
course the instrumental "Hammerhead".
Remarkable are the lyrics too, social, life-oriented and usually deep;
worthy of mention are "Killing Time", concerning sandal-clad
jihadists and oligarchies ruling less evolved societies, "Logic
and Reason" and "Solar Wind". There's also place
for other lighter and interesting topics like the communication with
the beyond ("White Noise"), so it's actually impossible
to complain about this aspect.
Instead it's a shame that they've had to recur to a drum machine and
that the fairly good, but not stellar, recording does not boost many
guitar solos; on the contrary, they are mixed lower than the rest: a
choice to Fractured Existence, a mistake to me.
As for the rest, the 3-piece is a band preaching the arguments of Motorhead,
Ten Years After, Status Quo but also acts such as Magellan, expanding
them towards innovative solutions, especially thanks to the fanciful
couple of guitarists.
All those in search of a party-rock with a unique, antimainstream and
refined appeal that only an experienced band can guarantee should prize
this band as we did.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th October 2006