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Reviewed on 9th April 2005.



By Kaylium

Hmmm, interesting. On first inspection Kaylium seem to be one to file under the "decent, but not a band to get your knickers in a twist over" section. However, the "repeat" button on one's CD player can sometimes be a wonderful thing. After about the fourth or fifth listen the riffs and hooks fall start to fall into place, and suddenly the whole affair seems a whole lot more appealing.

Taking their cue from brooding riff-orientated metal merchants such as Helmet or early Tool, the overall sound here is dark. That's dark as in eating a bar of Bourneville down a coal mine whilst listening to Metallica's Black album dark. Sludgy downtuned guitars are the order of the day, along with edgy stop/start drumming and a powerful female vocal.

Of the three songs closer "Broken Edge" is probably the strongest here; building from a neat little guitar hook that's almost Perfect Circle-esque the song bounds along with an almost punky swagger and showcases a confident and catchy chorus.

Overall, good points are the ballsy guitar riffs, vocal delivery and the solid songwriting. In terms of improving things from a recording perspective the bass is generally a bit quiet at the expense of the vocals, some parts could be a tad tighter and all three songs have a similar structure in terms of how they develop. Are any of these major concerns? Not at all. As a debut CD for a young band it provides a solid base from which new ideas and techniques can come to fruition. A good start.



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