Song Review: First Sight – “The Nothing”

Song Review: First Sight – “The Nothing”

Song review: The Nothing Band: First Sight Location: Brisbane Date of Release: 3rd January 2014 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised I’ll say this. I certainly didn’t hate it. I’ve actually heard this song before, so technically this wasn’t a “first impression”, but i distinctly remember the first time I heard it I really wasn’t a fan of the intro. The intro scream/yells are a little on the weak side IMO, and the guitar work is a lot more basic than my preference, but having said that, it suits the song quite well. The guitar tones are quite nice and get the job done, which is what you want, and the bass especially is noticeable in it’s presence. Drumming is fairly standard fare, not spectacular but far from awful. My main criticism stems from the length, and the lack of variation within the song. It’s a pretty standard sort of progression, and whilst these things are standard and cliche for a reason (i.e. they sound good), a bit of deviation from the main theme would have been nice. The biggest plus for me is the excellent hook during the chorus. Really, really nice vocal lines and performed well. Vocals have a nice tonality to them, are in tune, and were pleasing to the ear in general. Lyrics are also standard fare, but well written nonetheless. Vocals: Screams: 7/10 Cleans: 7/10 Guitars: 6/10 Bass: 6/10 Drums: 6/10 Production: 7/10 Lyrics: 7/10 Songwriting: 7/10 Overall IPHYB Rating:...
Song Review: A Sense of Discovery – “I Am Temptation”

Song Review: A Sense of Discovery – “I Am Temptation”

Song review: “I Am Temptation” Band: A Sense Of Discovery Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia Date of Release: 26/08/13 Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore Reviewer: Thrillhouse You may not believe me, but I think we have finally found a drummer who listened to Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’ and thought “YES! I am totally going to try that!” Now, I am not one to go out of my way to put down something someone has put a lot of time and effort into creating… But there was obviously little to no time, OR effort put into selecting the snare used by this band. Seriously, it’s like they sampled one single beat out of that steel drum song from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and decided to make sure it was used at least 400 times in a song that only goes for 1 minute and 36 seconds. It gets very repetitive. The vocals are also a bit sub-par in my opinion, it sounds like the vocalist is straining a wee bit too hard to get that dirty guttural sound so loved by many, but he’s just not quite getting it. His voice also gets lost in the mix a bit. One of the many perils of trying to keep every single person in the band in the lowest, audible frequency range, I suppose. The lyrics are OK. Just. Between rhyming “alone” and “alone”, the lyric about “breaking new winds over your grace, into your face” (a euphemism for farting on someone’s religious beliefs?), I found the overall feel of the words came off like they were written by a 14 year old deathcore fan. And not good deathcore either. Guitar-wise,...