Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thought Vomit

Thought Vomit
Punks Brutal Retaliation/Sync the Skies
Self-Released
Release: 28 October 2016
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this U.S. band right now to most metal listeners for the simple reason that the band is too much of the basic hardcore/punk sound. The guitar work, while it does have a good, rocking energy, it's too repetitive and too elemental for most seriously dedicated metal listeners. The drumming is uptempo and has a good vibe, but the music does not fit it. It's possible that the rest of the band is a bit behind in skills or thinking. The drumming is at a good, intermediate level. The vocals are totally street hardcore, and maybe lots of punks like it, but it would be better to go all in and dedicate more effort towards having a distinctive vocal style, as opposed to being content the normal shouting of hardcore/punk music. Things can only get better from here, especially if the band decides to be more confident and begin aiming higher, for more skill, more serious sounds. The title track already shows that they are interested in writing better, more serious, more metal songs. This song easily stands out as better. Once they decide that they have to break the punk/hardcore rules that some scene self-appointed authorities come up with for bands, this band has the potential to be better musicians and to have better songs. It's not a crime to learn to do guitar solos, to add melodies, to learn to do better vocals, or even sing. It might only be a crime to some hardcore/punks jealous people who dislike to see people better themselves. Hey, if the punk/hardcore scene authorities reject you, the metal people will be happy to embrace you if you play headbanging metal. It's good to leave hardcore behind.
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by MMB

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