No Reply - Beneath the Manacles
This is a CD from a band that will be good. Now, I'm not saying
that they are currently without skillz however, I anticipate their next
recording will be much, much better. As long as they find and kill the
man who recorded this one. With an aptly titled CD, this is a band buried
beneath the manacles of a shitty recording. They're probably a great live
band, really powerful and intense. The recording, however, barely hints
at that. It really is a shame, but hey, I'm counting on the next one.
First things first, this is a band that relies on a good, forceful
recording. They do the emo loud/soft thing which basically dictates the
need for explosive changes and abrupt stops. The uncrisp recording
unfortunately does not do this in the slightest. The volume, energy, and
speed levels are lost in the mix. While I'm sure that in a live setting
this band has no problem pulling this sound off, it comes across as weak
here. The explosions are not crisp and powerful and end up making this
band sound awfully average. They play a sound that is done by so many
bands that they pretty much need to diferentiate themselves in any way
possible, and to their discredit, I don't feel they have.
I'm confident in the musical ability and the songwriting skillz of this
band. For crying out loud, this is a 6 song cd that clocks in at 40
minutes so you know that a high level of craftsmanship has gone into
these songs. It's just a case of a band being killed by their producers
hand. I'm waiting for the next full length.
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