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[Album Review] Trivium – “Vengeance Falls”

Orlando, Florida’s Trivium have made a point to deliver an entirely different collection of music with each studio release. Coming off the heels of 2011’s standard metalcore album, In Waves, 2013’s Vengeance Falls treads experimental waters with more of an industrial sound. Despite its superiority over In Waves, the new record does not meet the prowess of 2008’s ShogunShogun was easily the definitive Trivium record thus far, showing the band’s full potential in every form of musicianship.  Shogun was a coming of age for the group of metalhead 20-somethings.

Although In Waves might have set them back a bit, Vengeance Falls has partially redeemed the band. As publicized, the new album was produced by Disturbed/Device vocalist David Draiman. The musicianship on Vengeance Falls shows that Draiman probably offered significant feedback which Trivium considered, as several songs sound extremely Device-inspired.  In fact, lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy utilizes vocal techniques signature of Draiman in several songs, especially “To Believe.”

That is not to say that this is not original material.  All of these new songs were clearly penned by Heafy, guitarist Corey Beaulieu, bassist Paolo Gregoletto, and drummer Nick Augusto.  Each musician excels with his performance, both individually and together as a band.  The dueling guitar solos in “Strife” showcase the capabilities of both Heafy and Beaulieu.  With very few screams from Heafy throughout the record, the lead vocalist is able to offer more of his sharp and clear clean singing within a relatively wide vocal range.

“No Way To Heal” includes both screams and clean vocals from Heafy with a song composition reminiscent of Shogun, thus becoming one of the better tracks on Vengeance Falls. It almost sounds like it could have been a B-side from the Shogun recording sessions.

Other key focus tracks are “Brave This Storm,” “Through Blood and Dirt and Bone,” and “Villainy Thrives.”

Vengeance may be falling for this maturing group of young men, but Trivium’s potential is once again rising.


MusicTalker’s rating: 4/5


[REVIEW] Lansdowne – “No Home But The Road”

Up-and-coming Bostonian hard rockers Lansdowne released a six song EP titled No Home But The Road on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 as the follow-up to their debut album, 2011’s Blue Collar Revolver.

According to the band’s Facebook page, this new EP, consisting of five new tracks and a re-recorded version of “One Shot” from the debut, acts as a music autobiography of life on the road. Lansdowne toured relentlessly for two years, often performing for U.S. military troops at locations such as Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Kurdistan.

No Home But The Road is a response to the consistent feedback on the band’s debut album and how fans wished the material were as strong on record as it was live.

The first track off the new EP, “Burn Brighter,” brings the listener back to 2008 with a sound reminiscent to Shinedown’s  “Sound of Madness.”  The chorus is comparable to that of a Sevendust song. Comparisons aside, Lansdowne vocalist Jon Ricci has a much more easily accessible singing style than those of the aforementioned, better-established singers.

In a similar fashion, “New Day” sounds like a Theory of a Deadman song, but catchier than anything Theory of a Deadman could ever write.

“Frankenstein,” which features Dan Donegan of Fight Or Flight and Disturbed, is the reason that Lansdowne have a bright future ahead of them. Both “Frankenstein” and “Mississippi” represent everything being done right in modern hard rock.

Lastly, “My Disaster” contains all of the elements for a smash hit, minus the F-bomb, which can be easily edited out for radio.

Overall, No Home But The Road proves that Lansdowne have perfected the formula for a successful hard rock release.

MusicTalker’s rating: 5/5

In the Hot Seat: Denial Machine

The MusicTalker Twitter account recently gained a handful of followers, many of whom were bands.  One of these particular bands was Chicago, Illinois’ Denial Machine.  Shortly after returning their favor of following me on Twitter, the band posted a new song on Soundcloud. “Devil In My Veins” instantly caught my ear and I subsequently wrote a song review to chronicle my bright first impressions of Denial Machine.

Following my review, Denial Machine’s founder/guitarist/mastermind Mark Anderson agreed to answer some questions regarding the band’s formation, personal music preferences, and other topics of interest.  My conversation with Mark may be found below.

Additionally, I have heard the new material and recommend giving it a good, hard listen when it is released.  It is heavy yet very melodic, especially in terms of the vocals.  If you have heard their earlier music, the new songs have a very different approach and sound, as Mark expresses during the interview.

Mark Anderson; courtesy of Denial Machine Facebook page

What brought Denial Machine together as a band?

I started writing back in September of 2007 for a new project. I didn’t know who was going to be in it or what it would be called. I would write and record to my 8-track recorder with a drum machine. The majority of our first album and EP were written this way. After going through some growing pains line up wise, the initial line up for Denial Machine was solidified and officially began in February of 2009.

How prominent of a role do you believe your influences play in your music?

Not really sure. What inspires and influences me are often not what others say they hear in our music. With our brand new music we’ve taken a big leap of faith by trying something brand new and different from what anyone else is doing. I believe to make a true mark in music you have to stand out as something that is unique and something people can instantly identify as you!

What was the first concert you ever attended?

If I remember correctly it would have been Stryper, Loudness and TNT in Wisconsin in 1987 or 1988

Have you toured with any well-established acts? If so, whom?

We’ve done some one off shows with bands like Soil, Dirge Within, Otep and God Forbid. Tours are very expensive and being a band who does this on our own, at this point we are weekend warriors! Continue reading

[SONG REVIEW] Denial Machine – “Devil In My Veins”

Up-and-coming Chicago-based alternative metal act, Denial Machine, recently posted a new song on SoundCloud. Titled “Devil In My Veins,” the track is from the forthcoming EP, The Flagrum, The Scourge, set to drop this month.

Denial Machine vocalist Casey Lee Mullen has a similar style to Disturbed’s David Draiman with the range of a power metal singer. Combined with the instrumentation of a metalcore band, it would be predicted that this band may sound peculiar.  However, the mesh between the operatic Disturbed-esque vocals with the riffage of Killswitch Engage or All That Remains works well for Denial Machine.  There are also some thrash metal influences incorporated into “Devil In My Veins.”

Along with the precision and melodic heaviness, there is evident emotion poured into this song.  This band has a clear sense of passion which they have magnificently portrayed in this one song. This is the type of passion that can lead to a successful career in the music industry.

For more information about Denial Machine, see their Facebook and/or Twitter.

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