STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 165551-25597 LABEL: Spartan FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Webber
Despite this being Young Fox's full-length debut, these Pittsburgh rockers are anything but newcomers, boasting members of Zao and You The Symphony amongst their number. There is also a guest vocal appearance from Stephen Christian (once of Anberlin). Since the release of a well-received EP two years ago, this four-piece outfit have developed into a confident and artistic rock ensemble. Waves of layered guitars flood from the speakers with just enough edge to provide a gilding of menacing grunge to the soaring crescendos. Opening with the accomplished "Sometimes The Monsters Win" a recurring riff leads the listener through a powerful alt rock chorus. The overall vibe brings to mind the likes of '90s influenced power outfits the Foo Fighters and Anberlin. Christian adds an unmistakable edge to "Slow Burn" which moves between a brooding bass and enigmatic keys before a wall of guitars helps to build the overall sound. Throughout every track I was struck by Luke Cypher's layered harmonies and vocal power. After a mighty first half to the album there are a couple of quieter reflective tracks in "Wine Of Violence" and "We Are Not The Wolves" which are punctuated by more punchy anthems. Throughout, the production is classy and sets off the many facets of this band's talents. It brings the 10 tracks together into a coherent whole making an enjoyable mix of classic alt rock with a couple of fresh twists to breathe life into the formula.
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