A horrible hack

Octaves

Greener Pastures

Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: Hotfoot Records
 
Reviewed by Stuart Bartlett on Mar 18, 2011
Octaves are a Metalcore band from Balitmore, MDÖwhen I say Metalcore donít be put off though. These guys have taken their influences from some absolute killer bands like, Drowningman, Dillinger Escape Plan and apparently PG.99 (according to the press release anyways). This release instantly hits you from the get go, but unfortunately for whatever reason they have a guest singer on the first track, Allyson Little, which sounds completely out of place. But do persevere as what you get is: Octaves hitting home with 8 Tracks of lurching riffs, teetering on the brink before pulling you back with that well known twiddly tech structure. Mixed into this is a rather downtrodden, depressive feel to the tracks, for example on Be Angry At The Sun For Setting On A Set Of Sons. The vocals have a strong presence, they arenít ever present and are mixed well into the overall song, not to distract but to complement the overall tone. The cover art works well with the title of the record, but the overall package isnít much to write home about. This is probably one of the first new wave of metalcore bands Iíve actually been able to sit and enjoy, fully recommend for fans of the old RevHq etc...
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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