Thursday, January 06, 2005

Breach of Trust - Self Titled CD Review

The world needs another generic hard rock band about as much as it needs another world war, which is to say that we don’t really need either. From the opening song on Breach of Trust’s self titled debut, I sensed that I was going to have to listen to yet another emotional hard rock band that couldn’t do anything more than ape the sound of every other radio rock band. I’d rather be a baby kitten in the middle of a sadistic 10 year old boy’s torture session than hear another Nickelback clone. Oddly, though, the first song didn’t turn out that bad—a tad generic, but all in all a listenable slower paced emotional rock tune. Maybe, just maybe, this disc wouldn’t be as bad as I was thought it might be.

About halfway through the cd, I forgot all about the worries I had when I initially popped this disc in. Magnificently, Breach of Trust entered the hard rock arena, the odds stacked against them, and came out still breathing. They are a far cry from the cream of the crop in this genre, but they kept themselves from falling into the abyss of sheer suckage that most of their peers have.

The reasons for this cd not sucking are threefold. First, the disc isn’t overproduced. Each song is left to have enough of a rough feel to sound genuine as opposed to manufactured. Second, the vocal approach has a very down to earth feel. Marty, the lead vocalist, knows the limits of his voice and doesn’t try to go outside of his range or overexert his vocal chords, which gives every song a natural feeling. Lastly, there is enough variety between songs to keep the listener from getting bored. In this genre it is extremely easy to follow the same formula over and over again to fill up the contents of a release, but the variety on here avoids that pitfall.

There are a lot of bands out there playing emotional hard rock, some good and most bad, so it is sometimes hard to find bands that are appealing to the ears. Breach of Trust are one of the better bands you could grab. They’re not revolutionary, but they’re better than a lot of what’s out there.

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