This six track EP from London melodic metellers
Sone has been released on Casket Music and produced by
Dave Chang. Formed in the winter of 2001 they have soon honed their art
and created a fine collection of songs for all to enjoy.
Belting out hard, melodic rock with a definite edge, they produce excellent modern metal songs. They are songs that flow smoothly and are often instantaneously likable, they're songs that have a splendid groove and melody throughout, but most of all they are real songs.
The vocals are so full of character and in an incredibly memorable style - including the fantastic Rolf Harris vocal gymnastics during the quiet bit in “Teethmarks” - ranging from the tuneful Gavin Rossdale-like (Bush) melodies to the razor sharp screams and intense hollering, they quite simply direct and orchestrate the songs. “White Lies” is a bouncy sort of tune that has a Fony-esque feel about it and is another really good song that demonstrates the ability to continuously pitch strong melody with majestic hooks which results in some wonderfully classy songs. There’s another outstanding performance in “Homesick” with vocals that have echoes of Bush and a quiet/loud, verse/chorus arrangement, but carries weight into a building crescendo. Oh yes, there’s also a short acoustic number hidden away (as track seven) at the end of the EP.
This is a really good set of songs that carry a fair amount of tradition in construction, always taking care to carry a tune, allow melody a chance but also inject enough energy to punch through a wall, while still including plenty of detail to keep you interested. The songs are infections - the buggers stick in your mind - and there is definitely a nu influence to them, but the cream on the cake has to be the vocals, which are so full of character and feeling and expression. The mixture of new and old just hits the spot! 9/10.
Rigsby (20th August, 2003)