Flyleaf - Flyleaf EP

Published Wednesday 16th March 2005
Flyleaf - Flyleaf EP
Flyleaf - Flyleaf EP

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12696-2059
LABEL: Octone

Reviewed by Greg Sammons

It would seem that at the moment almost every European country in the last few years has produced its own Evanescence, meaning that there is no longer the novelty value of female-fronted rock/metal. However then along came Flyleaf. This is a band driving with passion and energy . and a female lead vocal. The easy (and also ridiculously lazy) thing for me do, would be to say how similar they are to Evanescence, despite them having very little in common. Take away the singer and the music sounds completely different, on one hand you have the gothic and operatic, on the other you have a much more American brand of rock that has been influenced by every type of rock from the last 15 years, from grunge through nu-metal to well (post) grunge! Their lead single from the EP, "Breathe Today", is a barnstormer of a track and deservedly received considerable rotation on American radio. Despite being on Octane Records, label of Maroon 5, there was a good 6 month gap before it got any distribution in Europe and now serves purely as a taster for their forthcoming album, which may well be out by the time you read this. Add to that lead single, two well balanced tracks and a brilliant tribute to the modern martyr, Cassie Bernall, and you have an appetite whetted but not yet satisfied. One weakness is that whilst she has a great singing voice, the vocalist's screaming seems a little strained and may be something to be avoided for the album. But all the same, bring on the album!

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Reader Comments

Posted by carlie in school @ 15:54 on Apr 16 2008

these songs have such a strong meaning to them and i just love these songs and i have the C.D and i listen to it constanly and i don't think there is any band that can top them along w/ seether

Posted by Carly in Farnborough, South england @ 20:07 on Nov 7 2007

When does it come out in the UK?
I tried to buy it today but they told me it wasnt out yet!
=[[[[[ i wanna listennnnnnnn! xD

Posted by amanda morles in lobbock TX. @ 23:23 on Feb 21 2007

hey fly leaf im you big fan i hope you couled write me some time i would like to met to you.

Posted by Hanna rodriguez in Mexico @ 18:21 on Apr 13 2006

If ya'll tired of the same rock bands with no meening in their song beside the pain that there feeling and the song just making it harder for you to get over the same frustation their going throw.then if ur looking for something to lift you up and still love the sound of rock then flyleaf is for u and their performance is awesome she makes you feel what her songs are about (luv,understanding,faith,hope) what more can u ask for, go and check them out u won't be dissapointed

Posted by jamie in glasgow @ 23:33 on Oct 2 2005

Album is almost here, Oct 4th. Mines in the post and I can't wait. Check it out! "I'm so sick" is awesome Starts off with riff in background Mossley's vocals at their most beautiful, there is a pause vocals get a bit grittier then the most awesome scream as drums and guitars come thundering in. It's great, and their a secular band not afraid to use the J word, on the track "So I Thought" I think. Another heavy female fronted band to listen to is "Fireflight" not as good and the male backing vocalist does any screaming there is.

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