ARMY RISING - IMPENDING CHAOS
Metal To Infinity
pretty young band Army Rising from Ireland is releasing their debut album at the
end of this year, and if I might believe their accompanied promotional sheet, it
was about time to unleash this ‘Impending Chaos’. Last year, we write 2010,
there was already a first effort by the EP, or better, 4 track demo release.
Three out of the four songs that featured that demo, are re-recorded for this
very first output, and they added 7 newer songs to accomplish their task.
Together with Rising Records they want to spread their word and message that
themed around war and corruption, lyrically. The song ‘Resuscitate’ which
was on the demo, didn’t make it to this first full length album, so I guess
that this track was of a lesser quality qua arrangement and structure.
about the rest? Well, opener is called ‘Who I Am’, and this is a real
headbanging opener with a great melody chorus line. It felt a bit like Diamond
Head, which is a huge compliment of course. Noel has a voice that fits to the
music, although it’s not always correct, as you will hear that a false note
appears now and then. Together with Tony, Louis, Ted and Garreth they managed to
bring 10 songs full of passion and emotion and the necessary drive to make it
interesting for other peoples ears! The songs contain a lot of interesting hooks
and twists and the guitar duels of Garreth and Tony are refreshing and at some
moments outstanding! So far, so good…
name of the band Army Rising is well chosen as the average age of the members is
17-18 years young. That’s quite an impressing move! The production of this
first album is perhaps the weakest link in the totality of Army Rising. A good
army needs a strong base and excellence it its entirely, and that’s where it
might go wrong with this band. There is still a lot of work to do and the road
isn’t paved till finish. But all
in all, they managed to release a first album with a pretty good point of view.
I liked their structures and the 50 minutes of playing time was pure amusement,
but there are so many bands with the same characteristics that they will need
some extra to draw everyone’s attention. Locally, they might built a strong
fan base, next task is to write better songs, and last but not least, cooperate
with a (better?) producer to bring the songs to a next level.
First battle might be won, but the war is still raging!
My rating: 78 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)