Blatant Lies is from West Lafayette, Indiana and currently consists of writer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist George Reimers. Reimers recently released Sunless and Sky White. He explains: “This album started out as an attempt to make something that captured what I love about '80s era Metallica without sacrificing my own personality to it.”
The album begins with “Doubloons & Harpoons” and definitely sounds similar to Metallica except it has a much much more bedroom laptop type of aesthetic. There are some solid riffs and I thought the slight Eastern influence was interesting.
“Roaches, Spiders, Birds” is one of the highlights mostly due to the vocals. There’s an almost monotone-like quality to the vocals in the verse which sounds good. The album continues with “The Background Noise” and “Bunny” which have their moments with solid songwriting. “Russian Silver” had some of the more catchy vocals and driving grooves out of all the songs. I also had some appreciation for “Numbers Game” and “WIFFLE BEAT.” The closer “Next Year’s Model” is one of the more intense songs.
As an engineer myself my main critique comes from the recordings. This sort of ’80s metal does not translate perfectly with bedroom laptop type aesthetics. The vocals were often on top of the mix, the programmed drums were too separated from the other instruments but most importantly some of the dynamics you have with musicians playing in a room together in a professional studio wasn’t there. I did think some of these songs were well written. I have to admit I think it would be cool to hear these with a full band behind them. That might be food for thought for Reimers.
Overall, this was a solid throwback to the metal genre. Reimers has some talent in multiple areas including as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. I think finding members or even studio musicians to back up his talent could take his music to the next level. Take a listen.
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