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Released: 2010, Faba Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Blackwall is a four piece modern metalcore outfit hailing from Switzerland. They have just released this, their self titled eight song debut offering through Faba Records.
Blackwall's debut album opens with the up-tempo "Torn" a song as heavy on skank beats as it is on breakdowns. Rob Miola's vocal approach plays well against the bands sound and I could even hear this kind of range working in thrash metal, so I give Rob props for not subscribing to the standard throaty, scream-o approach and musically it's nice to hear that Blackwall haven't conformed to the Gothenburg archetype that a million other 'core acts have fallen for.
"Price To Pay" offers up beefy riffs before hyper-blasting though some grinding passages. "Sick Of Life" brings plenty of crunchy riffs to the table alongside heavily syncopated drumming, bridging various tempos throughout it's duration. "Set The Score" plays off of a rousing breakdown chorus that comes down like a ton of bricks. I'd give a nod to this song as being a live favorite for the band. The disc comes to an end with "Without A Cause" a hardcore punk-rock fueled, grinding adrenaline junkie.
All in all, Blackwall are a talented bunch and the semi lo-fi production on this Jessi Brustolin produced disc suits the style of the band well. Blackwall often incorporate punk and grind influence in place of played out commercial fodder like much of their American or Swedish counterparts and the end result makes them stand out a bit in my opinion.
3. Price To Pay
4. Sick Of Life
5. Mesh Of Lies
6. Bloody Submarine
7. Set The Score
8. Without A Cause
Rob Miola - Vocals
Roger Moser - Guitar
Laurent Gyger - Bass
Kevin Ammon - Drums
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