– And Thus Is Born
Thanks are extended to Andy from Musoplex studios
for this CD. The theory behind this studio is to record bands
live to give a more dynamic end result, and to give the listener
more of an idea of what the band will sound like on stage. Does
Thoughts. Most complex
track on the EP by some distance. Starts off with a heavy
stoner riff which leads into the opening riff proper; this
has a good hook and a nice bounce too. Vocals are clean at
this point. First chorus is slightly indistinguishable from
the first verse, but that gets rectified later in the track.
Guitars get choppier after the second chorus, the vocals enter
extreme metal territory, and the tempo is upped. A doom metal
section follows before the main riff returns to close the
song out. Generally works well, a couple of the links between
sections are a bit clumsy unfortunately.
Last Drags. Much more
laid back opening with a stoner/bluesy feel. Double snare
hit works well throughout the early sections. After a fairly
predictable verse/chorus x 2 structure the bridge breaks the
song up; guitars get some effective pedal-board muffling/distortion
before a variation on the main riff returns. Slow-burner solo
is the highlight for me which leads into a space rock style
section. Final visit to the chorus concludes.
Count Me Out. Choppy intro
and faster start altogether. Vocals are a bit ragged initially
but get back on track quickly enough. This one's the most
direct so far, there's a couple of quality screams thrown
in for good measure too!
Asphyxia. After the minimalist
opening the wife was heard to mutter “is this “Fade
Out”?” and it certainly has a feel of that particular
Radiohead track. It's a slow verse into faster chorus ballad.
Love the bass tone on this one and the Thin Lizzy sounding
solo was ok. Otherwise it's very predictable, but then I'm
not a big ballad fan...
All In My Head. Faster
track sounds like a cross between The Inbreds and The Lowlifes
which I suppose isn't a bad thing... A subdued bridge leads
into a reasonable power metal section before the main riff
makes another appearance. Reasonable closer.
The theory is good and the production carries
it off as this one has a lot more energy than your average studio
release. The timing of the band overall is good and the musicianship
is more than adequate. Sound falls into the stoner bracket most
of the time although there are doom and sleaze influences too.
This CD showcases the band well; yes, there's room for improvement
but that will come with time. Looking forward to seeing them live