Before I get into talking about the song that I’m going to review, I want to add that although I have met and know some members of the band, I’ve never seen them live and this is the first recorded material I’ve heard from them. Also worth mentioning is the production on the track. I’m very very impressed with it, as I understand that it was done by Celestial Recordings, who are obviously making themselves quite a good reputation. For readers that are in bands, it seems it would be worth checking out Mr. Celestial.
So, I get this song… “Adrienne Lynn” from SLV, and I press play, not really knowing what to expect at all. Going by the fact that I’d really heard nothing from them prior to this, I wasn’t expecting what I heard.
What hits you straight away is the vocals, mixing up between shouting and more throat screaming. I really like the impact that it creates, because although the backing track isn’t extremely heavy, it’s really upbeat and gives the intro a really bouncy feeling, since their vocalist has used a very good lyric / syllable structure that is kept as a theme throughout the verses in the song. Although some people may dislike this kind of thing, I actually quite enjoy it because it makes the song sing-alongable even if you don’t know the lyrics.
I really like the emotive feel of the song in general, it’s not a blood and guts metal song but it’s not a fuck-the-establishment song either.
From the vocals in particular you get this uplifting feeling, he’s obviously very passionate about what he’s doing, I would love to have a look over one of theirlyric sheets to see exactly what is being discussed. This song just screams passion for me.
The second section of the song (I guess a pre-chorus of some sort) breaks it down before the chorus hits.Personally I think that the overuse of pinch harmonics in the sections grinds the ears a little bit but as soon as the chorus hits you, youforget about that quickly. Melodic vocal lines and catchy drum patterns make this easily the most memorable part of the song
That’s the main thing that I like about this song - it’s memorable. I can be sitting on one of my many hour-long bus journeys into college and this chorus will quite often pop into my head, and I always get off the bus wanting to find and listen to the track
There is a small breakdown-type section that I feel they could have done more with, but it does it’s job of building up to the next section
Overall I do really enjoy the track and I look forward to hearing more from these guys! Especially live, I’d love to see how they fare on stage.
I do however think that there is room for them to grow on their sound, especially where guitars are concerned. I think that their drum and vocal parts are near enough spot on, but there is something missing in the riffs that are being laid down, although it’s difficult to pin exactly what it is. Maybe Less pinch harmonics?
7 or 8 out of 10.