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Released: 2001, Independent
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
An independently released CD by Calgary, Alberta Canada’s Sittin' Idol recently found it’s way across my desk. Being a long-time Alberta resident, I was more than curious to help an up-and-coming band. Little did I know what I was about to hear! Flashes of Pantera, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity and Testament would soon be emanating from my speakers and I was really blown away! This CD has something to offer most metal fans with powerful lead vocals and some great harmonies, catchy riffs and solid musicianship.
Sittin’ Idol has been on the Calgary music scene since 1997. The band built up a small following with their original lineup until November 1998 when they temporarily disbanded. Recently, they reformed with a new drummer and recorded their self-titled CD. The band has been garnering accolades on the local music scene and was chosen as winners in the 2002 Garage Warz event, hosted by the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, and SAIT. Brave Words Bloody Knuckles even chose them as the #2 unsigned band in the world for 2002. SITTIN’ IDOL was produced by the band and sounds very professional.
The instrumental track, “Idolatry,” opens the CD with an Eastern flavor. Rick Hatch’s guitar builds to a fast, meaty riff that segues into the best track on the CD, “Conformist Wine.” I hear traces of Testament’s Chuck Billy in Scott Lennox’ vocals on here. This track doesn’t let up from beginning to end and is an excellent showcase for what this band can do. “Turning Point” is a sludgy track whose bottom end sounds like early Sabbath or DELIVERANCE-era Corrosion of Conformity with Layne Staley-styled vocals! The solo in the middle of the song really stands out, too. “Mission” features a thrashy breakdown midway through and another killer solo from Hatch. “Suncatcher” is another Alice In Chains-influenced track that wouldn’t be out of place on their JAR OF FLIES E.P., with the excellent harmonies and trippy guitar. “Superhost” slows things down a bit but imagine the Sabbath classic, “Planet Caravan”, with its percussion and distorted, stoner vocals and you’re on the right track. “Amends” is an acoustic track that wouldn’t be out of place on today’s modern rock radio, but again with more JAR OF FLIES-era influence.
I was pleasantly surprised by SITTIN’ IDOL. Alberta isn’t exactly a hotbed of heavy metal, but these guys definitely are a band to keep an eye on. They aren’t ranting about Satan, war or hate; what you do get is straight-ahead, no frills metal from a band that aren’t afraid to show their many influences on their debut CD.
KILLER KUTS: “Conformist Wine,” “Turning Point,” “Suncatcher”
1. Idolatry (Instrumental)
2. Conformist Wine
3. Turning Point
Scott Lennox—Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Rick Hatch—Lead Guitar
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