1. FEAR BY MYSELF
Remorse are a band from
Italy who have been in existence since 1994. This is a new edition of their
second album which adds six live songs and a video to the ten studio songs
originally released in 2001.
The album is mostly centred around a raw punk\hardcore sound that becomes almost Oi!-esque at times, as well as having some more straight forward metal moments. Most of the songs are fairly standard with a mundane guitar sound thatís often only brought to life by some vibrant bass playing. All the lyrics are in English and with what seems to be only a rudimentary grasp of the language there are some amusing passages. The vocals are shouty throughout and are unfortunately very one dimensional, which can make some of the songs a chore to listen too and especially with the group chorus chanting and muddy production, it makes for an amateur sound. When their style is more metal, there are very occasional reminders of late 70's early 80's British rock - like Maiden - mainly with some of the bass progressions. Finally, thereís a nice addition of some piano in the last studio song, which helps change direction for just a few moments and adds a little more depth and originality.
Rock music has progressed and diversified hugely over the years but Remorse has chosen to stick with a tired format that could possibly benefit if they opened up their sound to greater variety. However, there is some pretty awesome bass playing to be found, unfortunately it tends to leave the rest of the band behind maybe in terms of talent and stimulation and often sounds misplaced. Although this package gives good value on quantity, it is let down on quality and sadly it just doesn't inspire. Itís always really difficult to review something you can't appreciate as itís totally unpleasant all-round, but you have to remain honest else itís a pointless exercise and after all this is only one persons view. Sorry guys. 3/10.
Rigsby (20th July, 2003)