Well fool me more, as at first I was convinced I was listening to some new Metallica tracks. But it’s definitely a completely different band!
The start of this EP is clear and concise in its southern influences and matches perfectly the American drawl in the vocals and innovative use of the blend of heavy funk bass line and the periodic break into harmonies.
There are quite a few unique novelty bands playing various styles of metal, but perhaps no other band is more out there than Van Canto.
When you’re a grizzled old fart like me who has always had an ear for The Metal, and a penchant for knowing as much about it as I possibly could fit into my brain, you hear about so many bands yet never hear a speck of music from them.
Where does instrumental music fit into our society these days? Especially if it’s not jazz or classical, both styles typically noted for not really having a voice (yes, I am aware that both have vocals at times as well. Just going with the predominant thought pattern on both.)
The band Custom has apparently been around the Seattle area for the better part of 12 years. That’s a long time to remain dedicated to the making of music, especially in this day and age
My reviews tend to be a flight of idea-ish. Some people dig it, some perhaps not. Sometimes a band will inadvertently stir up a good old-fashioned rant without even being the target of it, per se.
I’ve been pretty open about my general disdain for Modern Hard Rock (you know the stuff that gets played on the radio that your Mom thinks is heavy metal.)
You’ve got to have some superstar cache if you can call in the talents of Tommy Aldridge, Marco Mendoza, and Rocky Romero to join your band.
Every band we know and love started somewhere small: from a spare bedroom, garage, or storage facility. I’d say every one of them struggled, paid their dues and still do to some degree.