Thursday, February 11, 2016

Banging Heads And Pulling Threads...

Escape Is Not Freedom - The Truants EP (2015)

This EP is the first release from this Chicago-based group, and as its five tracks show, they've tapped into something with some strong potential.  Part grunge, part sludge, part heavy rock, the songs power along on grimy bass riffs and rough vocals, drums providing a sharp counterpart to the thick waves pouring from the amps.
Running through four tracks in the 4-to-5-minute range, and then closing things out with the 8-minute monster of "Seed", the band shows a fair number of sides to their style.  Squealing harmonics, memorable riffs, some extra complexity/technicality without drifting into over-indulgence, and some serious rhythm control all come together as a damn fine debut, with plenty of twists filling out its run-time to call listeners back for more.  Picking out a single track to use as the streaming inclusion was a tough call, so I'll just go ahead and say that you really should give the whole EP a listen over on the BandCamp page.  Looking forward to hearing more from this crew and checking out how their sounds develop with subsequent material.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of;    Behold! The Monolith, Buzzov•en, Funeral Horse, Reptensol, Skullcave


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