Revel 9 - The Razorblade Diaries
Often times, a good rock band comes along and they play a sound, that may have taken off five years ago. Slickly produced, but it's a lack of originality that may have Long Island's Revel 9 left to collect dust on the shelves of so many listeners.
All six tracks have a grit and grind and rhythm, but none stick out with a rabid passion or play. As exemplified in "Another Mistake" which has a great theory of sped up Rock with a twist of Punk style and a blistering solo. Unfortunately, the lead vocals leave this song sounding bland and without bite. "All I've Become" starts out with a nice enough intro and a lead vocals that build the tempo, but the bridge and chorus to follow make store brand water sound tasty. "Onlyone" has a generic format and with the exception of an off-key bridge, has very little to offer those outside the Chad Kroeger fan clubs of the world. As exmplified in the final song "Without", every single track on this E.P. starts off with a terrific tempo but perhaps that's the problem.
All the songs flow with an upbeat tempo but nearly mirrored cuts. Even the lead vocals have a bit of promise, but there's just not much evidence of ground breaking song-writing or effort here.
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