Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CD Review: A Trio Of New Releases From Victory Records

Victory Records returns with some new releases that touch upon almost every aspect of the hard rock genre. First up is the latest release from The Bunny The Bear. After the success of their 2012 album, “The Stomach For It,” the duo continued tapping that creative vein for “Stories,” which was released on April 16th. 

The nursery-rhyme beginning of “Eating Disorder” quickly turns tragic with its screaming vocals and hardcore industrial rock sound. The album carries a more mainstream feel as the electronic dance beats of “In Like Flynn” combined with the aggressive vocals of “Hey, Allie” has a certain appeal to their sound. They almost go too far into pop territory with “It’s Not Always Cold In Buffalo,” but return to their hard hitting sound in “The Frog.” The album closes with the acoustic rock of “Sadie.” 

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Next up is the Finnish, horror metal of Snow White’s Poison Bite with their latest release “Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show,” which also came out on April 16th. The creativeness that Snow White’s Poison Bite puts into their sound makes them stand out compared to other hard rock bands. 

They introduce you to Dr. Gruesome in the “Adams Family” like opening song, before quickly diving into their true speed-metal sound on “The Gruesome Gory Horror Show.” The band combines a nu-metal sound with punk-like aggression to give songs like “There’s A New Creep On The Block” and “Halloween Means Death” a different sound than the usual attack on the ears. The only complaint I have is that this album should have been released closer to Halloween to truly get into the season. 

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Last up, we get the latest release from New Jersey punk band Streetlight Manifesto. The new album, “The Hands That Thieve,” is the band’s fifth studio album and will be released on April 30th. In addition to the new album, Streetlight Manifesto is also releasing an acoustic version of the album with the same ten songs performed by Toh Kay and his acoustic trio. 

The new album begins with the band’s signature up-tempo punk/ska sound on “The Three Of Us” and “Ungrateful.” They show us a little of their acoustic side on “The Hands That Theive” which could easily turn into a sing-along. The highlight of the album is the six-minute epic “With Any Sort Of Certainty” as the musicianship within the band makes this song stand above the rest. The album closes with the acoustic, fun sounding “Your Day Will Come.”

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