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19 A.D.D: Dead River

They are an instrumental three piece that rock out of the mile high city of Denver Colorado. We all know that the air is thinner up there so it comes as no surprise this disc which is a plethora of strange time signatures and songs that sound like snippets that were pieced together, ultimately becomes a bit lean on substance by the end of the album.

Although guitarist Jared Emery tries like hell to make this debut something to grab onto, he cannot sustain the high level that you hear on songs like "Spoim", the jazzy "Sailing Blinde" and "Slomosexual". It is clear that there is a wealth of talent in those fingers but they need a little bit of songwriting help to make this disc stand out from the rest of the pack.

Don't get me wrong about this album, there is nothing on it that will make the ears bleed and also they do have some very innovative and creative moments wrapped in this disc that is pure metal at the core but their shotgun approach to song structure leaves you scratching your head at times rather than turning up the volume.

This is not an album to just sit and enjoy, the music travels from the melodic to the frantic and never lets you settle into it. It would be a terrific disc for one of those laser light shows where the idea is to never know what to expect.

I guess the A.D.D. portion in their name is apt as the band's approach seems to be directed at those with that type of affliction. If you are looking for a disc to kill a few moments, than this is the one. Maybe their next disc will fulfill the promise that is shown but not fully realized here.

Track listing:

1. Siddhapur
2. Diadem
3. Spoim
4. Patan
5. First World Paine
6. Sailing Blinde
7. Slomosexual
8. Umari
9. TCP
10. Danta
11. Carnivalium
12. Jamhuri
13. Saudade
14. Khapan
15. Bikarni

Added: April 27th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Band's Official Page
Hits: 3195
Language: english

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19 A.D.D: Dead River
Posted by John R on 2010-06-12 12:59:52
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I checked out their website and I must say this is some very interesting and complex music. Reminds me of King Crimson at times. I think I'll get a copy of the disc.

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