Some of the choruses here just sound ridiculously massive and there is so much melody strewn throughout these tracks that it’s easy to find yourself singing and grooving along to the album after only one listen…
TOXIC SMILE sort of sit on the fence with their sound, being more akin to say SPOCK’S BEARD and KING’S X, but also taking some influence from the metal side of things and having a slight SYMPHONY X vibe going on too…
The hardest thing to believe about this album is that it’s the band’s first effort together. From the quality of the musicianship, the great songwriting and the overall understanding of their subject matter everything here just screams professionalism….
Praying Mantis selling the EP “Metalmorphosis” at £5.50 + posting to order via the website and on iTunes. The EP will also be available at the live shows throughout 2011.
What’s interesting is that I haven’t heard much about this particular genre, honestly I couldn’t possibly understand why. You got a style of music that is a kaleidoscope of musical influences from your typical Americana, Punk and 50’s syle rock. Sounds like a nice formula to me. Anyways the band did receive some critical acclaim from Kerrang magazine..
and their vision was to have their own Rock band inspired by the great band of the Eighties while adding a fresh and modern twist to their sound” Obviously setting yourself apart from all the success the Scandinavian bands are having these days is not easy, but an early listen on “Last Woman Standing” I thing they pass the test.
The trippy synthesizer effects of “Singers and Sailors” definitely experiments into the space and time but notable none the less. The more southern rock influenced classic rock ballad “Country Max” is one of the highlights of this compilation.
“Tuckerz” is a cool band anthem which most mother-tuckerz would enjoy, as they call their devoted fans. Another plowing metallic drill comes your way in “I’m Rollin’, which carries some of your favorite thrash rhythm section abuse and batter that fans of the genre love so much.
Some sweet keyboards drip forward on the melodic rock track “Maya” with Allen blissfully leading his way on this more laid back tune. You will undoubtedly notice the sound is typically the same as the structural formula doesn’t change much in terms of sound and production.