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Downstares: Cobras and Matadors

Texas based rockers Down-stares not only seem to have a plan of playing in every venue in North America, they are also trying to make sure that their disc Cobras & Matadors is in every persons collection along the way.

With brute force and melodic finesse, Down-stares have captured a sound that keeps finding its way into my player. Their wildly imaginative approach combines the wild abandon of thrash metal with a growling, snarling Simeon Hendrix on vocals with a completely compelling tuneful approach that will give you brief rest stops between brutal bashings!

Many bands would love the recipe for this musical stew. Few can blend it so well and still make something that tastes so good! I guess it's all in what type of spice you use. These guys are true chefs in the metal kitchen. Once you have tasted what they have to offer, you will definitely be coming back for seconds!

Right away I was drawn to them by the raw power of the opening track "264 Roselawn". Guitarists max Chandler and Brandt Holmes make your head a six string sandwich while the searing screams of Simeon Hendrix is the condiment that makes it all taste so good!

There is a smorgasbord of delicacies on this album that makes it so much more than the run of the mill fast food dietary music. When you next fill your plate, it is with the very melodic "Para Mi Familia". Here Hendrix uses a very appealing clean vocal style to whet the appetite.

For a main course, the band serves up the addictive "Speed Dial", "Ft Something" and "Tonight We Celebrate". This trio of meaty metal is enough to sate the hunger of any aficionado.

The side dishes such as "Cujo", "Would I Miss It" and "Carpe Diem" are tasty compliments that offer a different flavor to the taste buds. Each adds its own zest to the overall spicy cuisine that has already been ingested.

But no meal is complete without dessert. Down-stares give you the tiramisu of metal with "An Ambulance Named Emergency". This song is just as delectable as it gets. With a perfect blend of ingredients, this is as good as it gets. The terrific vocals and superior guitar work make this the song that just might make these guys household names.

As you sit there with your after dinner beverage and think about the meal you just consumed, it will bring a smile to your face to know that Down-stares has provided you with a full belly of great music. But there is one problem, Down-stares is like Chinese food. It doesn't take very long before you want some more!!!

Track listing:

1. 264 Roselawn
2. Para Mi Familia
3. Speed Dial
4. Ft. Something
5. An Ambulance Named Emergency
6. Tonight, We Celebrate
7. Cuho (This Is For The Losers)
8. Would I Miss It
9. Carpe Diem

Added: December 7th 2008
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Bands Myspace Page
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Language: english

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