Thursday, August 11, 2011

Demo Shit

 Third in my series is the band Barren Waste. One of the dudes in the band (Scott) sent an e-mail with the subject "Music for review" that only contained a link to Reverbnation and no other info. Upon clicking the link we learn they're from New Hampshire and that's sort of a relief because there aren't enough bands from states like that. Like Utah. How many bands are from Utah? Not enough, that's how many. But I digress. The second thing I noticed was the sweet artwork for their newest EP. Dunno where it came from but it has blasting robots and people fucking terrified, I dig it. Musically it starts off being hardcore and there's lots and lots of shredding that seems out of place, to the point of beeing noodly and annoying. And this coming from a guy that likes bands like Brain Drill and Necrophagist and PsyOpus. After seven or eight songs songs start getting really long and slow and boring. The band tries to start being progressive and free form, but it doesn't work. There is a lot of room for Barren Waste to develop, but they need to write actual songs. A straight grind band(which they are not) can get away with only blasting but when you try to incorporate other styles and genres into your music you need to learn actual songwriting too. I don't know how old these tracks are, but I'd be interested to hear some new stuff to see how it compares, and I'll apparently get the chance later this as the band is recording again at the end of the month.

http://www.reverbnation.com/barrenwastetheband

There will be a two-part final post for the band Guilty As Sin who have sent me two CDs to review, I'm just a lazy hack and haven't listened to them enough to review yet, but I will get to it. Sorry for sucking at life Zach.

4 comments:

Alex said...

Both Barren Waste and Guilty as Sin kick ass, got Barren Waste on the Grinding Aftermath comp (after initially forgetting to put them in) and Zach is a great guy, who I am still yet to interview!

Shanetera said...

Sorry man I just got bored. The first few songs really aren't bad, but then their Bandcamp turns south.

Andrew Childers said...

i gotta be in the right mood for guilty as sin. i'd say III is a pretty good album that's hampered by some bad vocals. mercifully they're mostly acoustic. they're good enough i slapped their sticker on my bike. sooooo there's that.

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