Reviewed: July 2010
Released: n/a, Indie
Summer is a great time for discovering new music. This month I’d like to introduce our readers to seven newer bands from the province of Alberta, Canada. I’ve asked some local bands of different styles to participate and they all said yes. Western Canada is already well-known in the global scene with veteran bands like Three Inches of Blood, Into Eternity and Divinity and so now we introduce to a crop of promising young hopefuls from Alberta. Feel free to check out the other reviews in this series including, Derailed, Hellrazer, Kobra And The Lotus, Mares Of Thrace, Striker and The Unravelling.
These guys caught my ear right away because in the local market there are precious few bands plying this style of hard Rocking Metal. The young quartet have polled their resources and introduced themselves to the world with a fine, five-song debut EP.
The self-titled effort is a standard affair, a simple yet eye-catching cover and a decent indie, presentation, laced with photos of the boys fooling around and having a good time. No lyrics in the package this time around but the voice of Josh Sandulak is clear and understandable so it is not a big loss. However it the vocals were mixed a bit far back in the mix for my liking. One big plus is that he sounds like Frankie Starr of The Four Horsemen.
Sonically this has groove, stoner, rock and some sludge written all over it. A certain sense of fun pervades all the tracks, energy creativity and a spirit of rock and roll. The EP on a whole is very unpretentious, and minimalistic, very little in the way of soloing or adventurous compositions. It’s stripped down, laid bare for all to see and hear. It’s not a ‘stoner’ album in the true sense that there is not an enormous amount of drug-reference points, but a more alcohol-fuelled, house-party jam kind of vibe. They remind me off the bat of mid-years Cathedral, another major plus. Fat, open chords, big bottom-end, slow chugging guitar driven rock at it’s finest.
With a bit of guidance, better production and the right push these guys can (and hopefully will) go far. Fans of good times rock ‘n’ roll who might want to check out the next big thing, might be well advised to contact the band and get on the wagon early.
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