esOterica - Don't Rely On Anyone
My main gig buddy Bill picked up a copy of this EP when he saw
them at Scruffy's recently, so it would be churlish not to review
Don't Rely On Anyone.
Nice choppy opening guitar riff which regrettably didn't get
anywhere near as heavy as I'd hoped/expected. It's a gothic/stadium
rock crossover track with good, clean vocals. Ok but nothing
DROA (Club Mix). Weirdly
enough works better than the first version sounding way more
industrial/minimalist. Drags a bit towards the end (as does
the original) but it's an improvement.
Samples. Very understated
opening leads into an absolute belting initial riff. Then
the vocals kick in and the song fizzles out. Again it's a
rock/gothic crossover. The chorus is good with a great hook,
unfortunately the verse is way too lightweight for me.
Two tracks plus a remix of well produced, and
mixed, crossover rock. It's ok but nothing more. Guess it will
work well live, this misses the target for me and sounds flat.
Pity because there are promising moments and great intros, but
it never really unleashes sufficiently for me to enthuse.