The formula of playing distorted heavy metal/pop inspired music combined with a lone female vocalist who tends to sing about pain, darkness and like-minded subjects is extremely ubiquitous. It’s really not that surprising as in the last twenty years this formula has been been successful and commercially viable for bands like Evanescence and Paramore to name a few.
Blind Revision is barking up this tree on their release Fight Or Flight. Although the band is young in terms of their age as well as their existence (as a band) they know what they are doing. The members consisting of Jen Janet (keys/vocals), Kirk Scully (guitar), Jamie Steele (drums), Jake Bedard (guitar) and Phillip Clougher (bass) have a very tight band that have some technical and creative talent. Janet can certainly belt it out and the band can pull off some slick moves.
When you start to unpack this four-song EP you realize some songs veer towards commercial pop and others have an intense, metal vibe. I personally enjoyed the metal stuff more for a number of reasons but above all else I loved the speed in which these songs were played. When you have a drummer that is as good as Steele you have to take advantage of it. The guy is not only wicked fast but has metronome like timing.
The first track “Fight Or Flight“ was a highlight. The beginning of song has an ‘80s metal/prog rock vibe that sounded very good. As the song progresses the band is throwing out changes left and right which kept the song engaging. There is no boredom to be had as the music feels like a constant onslaught. The song is rather epic in that it is over seven-minutes long and the band just crams so much stuff in. “Colors” is up there with “Fight Or Flight“ in terms of quality. I hate to mention this again but feel like it needs to reinforced. The drumming is just ridiculously good. I think the drum track alone would have been enough for me to enjoy the song.
I have to admit the last two tracks “If The Earth Could Stand Still” and “Tough Love” weren’t doing it for me like the first two. “Tough Love” is basically pop punk in the style of Paramore and I thought the band sounded better when they went straight metal. Obviously, someone could have the exact opposite opinion but those were my initial thoughts.
Blind Revision has a lot of innate technical talent and has the ability the keep the changes coming in a song. The band has a good amount of potential and if they continue to work on their strengths they should be able to circulate some buzz.
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