Start The Hourglass - Incite Insight
Thanks to Andy for the CD. Saw them live
at the Black Horse in March so how does their studio work
Production isn't great but then you tend to expect that early on
in a band's career. It's good to hear a young band having the confidence
to play long complicated songs. Like the technicality of it all,
needs reworking in places though. A few more hooks in the chorus
would be a starting point. Falls into the promising category, another
band to keep an eye on.
- Mirror Mirror. Complicated opening riff.
Vocals alternate between extreme barked and cleaner sections.
This is a long and complex song which showcases a lot of different
musical styles, but essentially it's a modern prog song. Like
the way the kick drumming is used sparingly and for effect.
Overall it's well handled and constructed and a good opener.
- Against The Flow. Lone guitar picks out
the opening riff, it's then joined quickly by the bass and drums.
The main riff is a cracker, really crunchy and drives the track
along well. Cleaner vocals in this one don't work for me. Again
lots of different ideas and sections, although this one falls
into the promising category at the moment. Needs reworking slightly
and generally needs to sound a bit more polished.
- Does Anyone Else Hate Puppeteers? Yes and
thanks for reminding me! Atmospheric guitarwork and subtle bass
are a sign of things to come. This one is far more subtle overall,
way more delicate and well handled. Has a more indie feel and
reminded me in some ways of Brenda's EPs (see CD reviews). More
restrained but works well.
- It Is Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The
Darkness. Fair point but ridiculous title. Another
laid back opening leads into a chuggy riff with Faith No More
feel combined with the return of extreme vocals. A more aggressive,
almost metalcore, section follows the chorus, but then leads
into a bridge section that really grated. Cracking riff follows
this, although the vocals could be nastier. This track feels
long which is never a good sign; another to be reworked I feel.