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Silverback - 6 More Reasons To Hate Us

WREN   (346 reviews)

Posted: 08/28/2010 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

One of the greatest perks in being able to do reviews is being given the opportunity to see what the rest of the world is doing. I’ve been able to review independently released albums from all over the globe. Good, bad, or indifferent it has been a true pleasure to listen to what other parts of this planet do when it comes to releasing music. Especially the not-well-knowns. This bring me to my newest review and the first of 3 from Australia’s little label Pee Records. Silverback pops my cherry as far as reviewing material from the “land down under” with their 2nd EP entitled, 6 More Reasons To Hate Us.

As I read through their official press release I noticed the bragging of sharing the stages with bands like Parkway Drive, 50 Lions, and Wish For Wings. Parkway Drive is terrible, 50 Lions is mediocre, and I don’t know a thing about Wish For Wings. Then as I progressed and saw the line “For fans of: Terror, Cruel Hand, Sixlip, and No Warning”. Personally, I would stick just with that. The Parkway Drive stuff can leave a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

As for the “fans of” description, I’d say that Pee Records did a great job of singling out bands that Silverback does in fact sound like. Singer Lee sounds remarkably close to Scott Vogel and musically they have a lot of the Terror thrash but slowed down dramatically. No Warning is another good comparison especially when coming to those creepy-crawl parts. Both No Warning and Silverback do a great job with them but are able to remain heavy not to drift too far into that “old school” realm.

Lyrically the band is doing what a lot of new bands in the states are doing, and that is taking what I call the “sin” approach. Much like Alpha & Omega or Rock Bottom, they are resorting to covering topics that Ringworm would have done back in the mid to late 90’s. The devil and losing faith in mankind are a reoccurring topic throughout the six tracks that make up this EP.

For an introduction to the band, 6 More Reasons To Hate Us was a good introduction to Silverback. However, I felt like the band never really hit their peak with this record. For the majority of the record the band stays at a pretty medium tempo and it starts to become dull pretty fast. Not until ¾ of the way through the EP does the band really start to let loose and pick up the pace. I was impressed when they turned up the tempo and wish the rest of the album was like the last few tracks.

I think for the band to truly shine on their next outing they need to write faster material. I’m not saying they need to be the near thrash metal outing that Terror has morphed into, but they are far more entertaining when they are picking up the pace. I don’t hate this album but I don’t think I’m going to listen to it in its entirety again. It’s one of those albums that I’ll let pop up scattered throughout my iPod when it’s in shuffle.

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