Still Breathing - September

Monday 8th July 2002
Still Breathing - September
Still Breathing - September

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Solid State TND1232
RRP: £12.71

Reviewed by David Cranson

" . . . a mind-bendingly brutal yet intensely uplifting, forward-thinking slab of metallic heaviness . . ." is most definitely what this is, with the exception - at least on first listen - to the forward-thinking bit. You really need to concentrate as the vocals of Dacey are in the main very similar and samey. I've said it before in reviews that this type of music has the power and strength, but the vocals seem to let them down. This time, although similar throughout, there are times of diversity, you just need to be listening for them. Dacey has the potential to be even more powerful in her delivery with a stretching out of style and more diverse use of her brilliant voice. Overall, the band is very tight considering they have really only been together since Aug/Sept last year. Replacement drummer John Hensley is awesome, with the riffing and basslines of Bob Hensely (cousin) and Michael Rame respectably being quite brilliant. They have been likened in style and sound to bands such as Sepultura, Deftones and Living Sacrifice, to that I would add Metallica (Riffage). To pick out a couple of tracks, "One Kiss" is quite brilliant, as well as "With Hateful Pride". This is loud and intense and on the whole very good. Not bad on the length of album either. It's called 'September' because it was a time of change, because of the 11th and because that's when they changed their drummer. Hardcore with a bit of diversity.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Everything [Listen]
2. Sweet Wound Sour [Listen]
3. From Within [Listen]

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