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Album Review: Black Tide – Light From Above

 
By on Thursday, 4th December 2008 at 7:34 pm
 

Ok so the new album from Black Tide has been out for most of the year but the record has come to life for me in the early stages of this Christmas month. The Miami metal heads have been grabbing headlines for some time now but there are some factors of the bands recipe for success that are often over looked. Firstly, every band member is under 21 years of age so they are still just kids and the second thing is that they are signed to a label (Interscope) that seems to only deal with the best of the best such as Dr. Dre , Gwen Stafani , Jimmy Eat World and 50 cent.

The album “Light From Above” deserves all of its accolades and awards as few metal bands ever reach the maturity displayed by the teens.The way to describe the sound of the album is to think of Iron Maiden, Dragon Force and Coheed and Cambria all clashed together. Thrashing tempos and guitar solos from hyper space don’t need an invitation to suddenly explode from nowhere.

Lead singer Garcia is young and sounds young but the riffs and vocals he produces sound as mature as anyone. The tracks that shine on the record are “Shout” which uses some inventive effects while the stadium shaker “Warriors of Our Time” sounds truly epic. The album really is the first material from the band that displays their true talent and potential but supposable the group are going to get better and better. I’m not sure this can even happen but I am sure they can wave the flag for modern metal high and proud.

 

Bands To Watch #44 – Verra Cruz

 
By on Thursday, 20th November 2008 at 9:54 pm
 

I was reading through a music magazine the other day and came across a band called Verra Cruz. Just as I was about to turn the page I caught a line of the text describing the band’s sound as bluesy lapsteel guitar rock. What? A lapsteel guitar in a rock band! Instantly I loaded up there MySpace page and from then on I have been hooked.

The band consisting of Marc James (Vocals/Guitar/Lapsteel), Jimmy Cooke (Drums) and Henry Cross (Bass) is the best new rock music I have heard in ages. The Lapsteel guitar is played with heavy distortion and creates awesome, face melting riffs that feature on the band’s songs like “Rock and a Hard Place” (my favourite track).

The guys genuinely have a unique sound and they execute it with great style. The vocals supplied by Marc sound like a brilliant cross between Kurt Cobain and Bryan Adams while the guitar playing (on all of the three types) brings together mind boggling tunes like “Freedom”.

A video on their MySpace gives a quick profile of the band and Marc James confesses that there early material was good to listen to but people could not get involved at a gig. I am pleased to report that they have also conquered this problem in their more recent material where astonishing variety is shown. The range of skills is evident from the passionate slower paced “Friend to You” to the crowd friendly “Put the Weapon Down”.

 
 
 

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