Core Effect has shared the stage with the likes of Seether, Days of the New and Filter. Their music is a staple on many of the Detroit radio stations and the band has a huge following in and around the Rock City. Now, with the release of their second album, Core Effect is ready to take it to the next level.
Led by the compelling vocals of Randy Riddle and dynamite guitar work of John Keffalo and Joe Keough, the band has come up with a sound that is familiar yet very much their own. Combining electrifying melodies with great harmonies the band will then spin you on your ear and hammer you with some very heavy chops from both sides with their duel guitar attack. It is a hard sound to define but I would have to call it a melodic grunge with a progressive attitude. Whatever you call it, the music is a terrific blend that will have you singing along with the hooky choruses and pumping the fist with their heavy metal approach. If Black Sabbath decided to play Nirvana style of music, this is what you would get. To prove my point, Core Effect even includes a cover of "Paranoid" on this disc that is really amazing in a new sort of way.
While they may not be the heaviest or the most crunching band you ever heard, they have real appeal. Soon they will be a staple wherever you are. I can remember back when the band Uriah Heep got the moniker "The heavy metal Beach Boys" because of their harmonies. Well, I guess we now have the "New metal Beach Boys".
Listening to this disc, it's impossible to avoid getting sucked into the terrific melodies and sing-a-long hooks. "I Did It All" is a song that permeates the grey matter and just keeps circling around and around in there! I have this one permanently embedded in my musical memory slot! The title track "Armored Shades of Light" follows a close second. Songs like these are common place on this disc. Each and every one is a distinct pleasure. Sometimes you don't want something so heavy but still want that great guitar sound. When this type of mood strikes you, this is a must have album!!
2. I Did It All
3. Follow Me Down
4. Armored Shades of Light
5. Where The Ravens Tire
6. Trail of Tears
7. Enemy I Sustain
10. Memories of You
11. If You could See