ALBUM REVIEW: Destination Terrorville Pt. 1

31. may 2011 at 16:14 | Miko.TaMpEr |  Reviews
Našla jsem na internetu recenzi z května (myslím) minulého roku. Pracuje se na překladu, je to ale poměrně dlouhý takže hádám že se to tady objeví na několik částí.

Blowsight are a band who describe themselves as 'pop punk metal' and have, in their time, covered both Britney Spears ('Toxic') and Lady Gaga ('Poker Face').

Already, there's a lot not to like. But stay with me.

This is not a band for those of you who belt out Madonna songs when you think no one is listening, but spend the rest of the time telling people that you only ever listen to Slayer. Instead, Blowsight are a band for those of you who will acknowledge that sometimes, just sometimes, the world of pop music does have its merits.

Maybe it's that catchy tune you heard on the radio and can't stop humming (presumably when you were cheating on Braingell), or that one song that your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/sibling/parent finds they can play without driving you to distraction - all of us have that guilty pleasure.

But Destination Terrorville is not an album that will you give anything to feel guilty about.

Here is a band that are able to take the best bits of the pop and pop-punk worlds, and dispense with all the posturing, self-promotion and scene-following that are so-often the reserve of those who find themselves lacking in musical ability or song-writing talent.

What you are left with is an instantly accessible sound that is nevertheless varied and heavy enough to warrant repeated listens. Honest.


Destination Terrorville was originally self-released in 2007 when the band were still un-signed. The above cover art is from last year's re-release, which followed their signing with Sony/BMG.

The band are not easy to categorise, but with the plethora of supposed genre-hopping acts out there nowadays, it's worth narrowing things down a little.

Let's start with what they're not. This is not 'pop metal', where studio executives inject a dose of 'manufactured heaviness' into a band that would otherwise just be one in a crowd of sound-alikes. Whilst the sound isn't a million miles away from bands such as Nuclear Blast's Sonic Syndicate (whose metal-by-numbers and pop song choruses I find so thoroughly irritating), Blowsight combine distinctive styles in a manner that seems far more natural. The result is a body of songs that are nearly as diverse as the band's style is distinctive.

At no point do you get the impression that you've heard anything before, as the band don't appear to have a fall-back position when everything else fails (such as the 'beat-downs' favoured by so many metalcore bands). Rather than staging a dramatic contest between different genres, Blowsight are presenting us with sound that consists of a true merger of musical styles. To this end, blast-beats are used sparingly, and the only real stand-out similarities between the album tracks are the thick, heavy bass lines that do so much to stamp the band with metal authenticity.

Take 'If You Were Me'. Within in the first thirty sounds as if it's going to develop into a radio-friendly ballad, but then in comes a heavy base line and the urgency begins to build. Once we've been treated to the first rendition of the soaring chorus, everything goes up a notch once more, but not without losing any its initial emotional honesty. What lesser bands would have made into a pretty solid, but one-dimensional ballad, Blowsight have made into a stand-out track that should have widespread appeal.

 

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