Spread the seed. With the explosion of metal all over this planet, sometimes you find what you are looking for right in your own backyard. Spread the seed. When I first heard this band, it was in a live setting, the sound was terrible and the band itself had some inner turmoil going. Two members were leaving the band and this was their last night. Still, as I listened to them, there was something in the music that hit home! Spread the seed. There was something between founder/lead singer Matt and guitarist/vocalist Nate that prickled those hairs on the back of your neck. Matt with his clean vocals and Nate with his hellish screams and searing guitar work simply put….ROCKED!! Spread the seed.
With their release of the EP, The Revolution, the band has firmly established themselves as a band with what it takes to propel themselves well beyond the confines of Michigan. This is their 3rd release and after last year's; The Masquerade, the band shows the ability to create great metal music time and time again. Spread the seed.
Pounding you with a thrashing guitar intro, "Consumed By Lies" welcomes you to the mayhem. The cool thing about them is the bedlam created is offset by the almost soothing vocals of Matt. While Nate is removing the outer layer of skin with his screaming, Matt plays dermatologist with his. Not only does this make for a sonic treat, it also gets the message across loud and clear, with Nate's vocals being the exclamation point! Spread the seed.
Musical diversity is a signature of this band. You will find influences from many a genre as with the song "A Sign Of Things To Come". With its funky bass line right out of Motown, this adds a cool ying to the metal yang that the rest of the band creates on this tune. This is one of the discs highlights. Well, one of the six on this six song EP. Spread the seed.
There is no doubt that the metalhead in you will find a new group to follow. Also, there is little doubt that the thinking portion of the brain not rattled by the thrashing you are receiving will have a work out with the messages that the band is putting out. As Matt told me, "The band is about overcoming adversity". That's the message and that's exactly what they convey. This is most evident in the very dynamic song "Slavery Inc". You can hear the passion about the message in the vocals. You might think that Nate is chained and being beaten with his demonic screams on this one!
The band does lighten it up too. There is a hidden track on the disc that was done as a joke and it suddenly became a hit among those that enjoy a little cannabis now and then. "Smoke Your Weed" was done as a joke where they were doing their best Green Day imitation. Then High Times magazine found it and now they are getting recognition in a most unlikely way. This song is very funny and a riot of a party tune but as Matt told me, they are not a druggie band by a long shot and this was meant to be a joke. I have to admit, it is an infectious song! But don't judge them by this song at all. There is much more to the band than this!
I could go on and on about the merits of the band but the best thing you could do is just pick up a copy and find out for yourself. This is one of those discs that's a must have for your collection. I think you'll find that it won't stray far from the player and you will also be telling everyone you know about this new band. In other words, you will be helping to…Spread the seed!!!
1. Consumed By Lies
2. A Sign Of Things To Come
4. Slavery Inc.
6. Smoke Your Weed (Hidden Track)