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Dark and Simple
Released: 1998, IntroMental
Melody...something sorely lacking in many newer North American bands. Denmark's Low Down, while not the most aggressive band I've had the pleasure of listening to lately, could clearly teach a few "musicians" a thing or two on the subject. Out of the three songs on this MCD the title track "Dark & Simple" comes out head and shoulders above the others. I immediately liked the intro which has a rather unique guitar riff that fits over the time signature nicely. After this crunchy riff the band come in with some really cool harmony that drips of "Memory Garden." The solo section also has some great guitar work with 2 differing guitar parts that fit really well together, not unlike what Iron Maiden has done. The second track "Silent Room" did nothing for me. I was never one for ballads...a ballad to me is Slayer's "Seasons in the Abyss", not something that puts me under. The third and final offering on the MCD, "Inside the Soul of Glass" starts with some fairly interesting guitar lead with a mid-eastern tinge thanks to the use of the harmonic minor scale. After that it loses focus and turns into a basic slow rock song. Come on guys, where's the anger and aggression that was hinted at in the title track? Please up the tempo and get pissed about something before you write anything else!
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