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Reviewed on 16th May 2011.



By Slaves to Gravity

I'm going to start off by saying that before listening to this album I did not like Slaves To Gravity. I couldn't really justify why, but I didn't want to listen to them. However I thought I'd be open-minded and give this band a go.

As soon as the riff kicks in on opening track and previous single 'Good Advice' it seems as though the album is going to be stomping and a real storm. This song shows that Slaves To Gravity can write big choruses and appeal to a wide range of audiences at the same time, Tommy Gleeson's voice sounding soothing and almost haunting at times. A way to describe their sound would be stadium rock, something that would be suited quite easily to the big stage.

'She's Got Big Plans' is another example of the band's strengths, riffs that catch you. Every single track has character and this doesn't follow the formula with some albums of having singles and album tracks. The band even sound slightly American with the power they have, and considering this is only their second album, the sound that they have already created is similar to bigger bands like Soundgarden and Audioslave.

The change in tempo throughout the album, including on slowed down tracks like 'Unknown' and 'Misery Pills' demonstrate the strength of this band, especially with their intricate guitars. It seems amazing that three people can create the kind of noise that they do.

'Silence Now' is a highlight of the album for me, with Gleeson's vocals having slight comparison to M. Shadows' of Avenged Sevenfold in parts. "I don't feel lonely now" the running lyric throughout the song, which some people may think, like the words mirror their thoughts. Slaves To Gravity have the power in their music to command attention and it is a slightly intoxicating mix of vocals, guitars and change in tempo.

For a band I previously didn't like, they have definitely converted me and I'm looking forward to them announcing headline dates.

Listen to: Good Advice, Honesty, Silence Now, Youth Serrated.



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