Valve: Demo

This is one of the better demos any band has sent my way. Valve mashes sludge and post-hardcore together to great effect. I like sludge, but I can’t sit through a full sludge album or sludge set without being blazed out of my mind. Valve tempers the creepy slow crawl of sludge with odd chords and guitar tones. Throughout the demo Valve manage to temper metal chugging with prog-rock guitar runs and well-timed break downs. Their singer utilizes a very raspy tone that fits the tunes well and doesn’t overpower the music. He also has a pleasant clean singing voice that fits the less heavy sections beautifully.  Its a sweet Demo by an interesting up and coming band.

http://valve.bandcamp.com/

 

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Moondog-Sax Pax for a Sax

Moondog Sax Pax for a Sax:

Sax heavy jazz influenced danceable tunes, which adhere to an incredibly strict set of harmonic rules. Moondog’s compositions at once sound unique, but also lack variation due to his very set beliefs in the proper way to compose. The harmonies, progressions, and time signatures all become predictable. That being said the music is beautiful an unlike many albums by so-called “serious” composers, the music is fun. It sounds like a mix between french music and 1920’s jazz, but with some harmonies not commonly heard in either genre.

Rating: 12/15 Viking Helmets

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