Rights for Robots is a three-piece band from Cincinnati that recently released Cyborg. Apparently they haven't been playing very long but they show some serious talent and prowess throughout the eight songs.
The production is top notch on this album which really brings the proper energy to the songs. I found my adrenaline pumping from beginning to end. The band is tight and in the pocket throughout the album though the lead singer had an aesthetically pleasing voice even when he was on the verge of screaming.
The open up with “Good Morning” which is a glorious assault of distorted guitar, bass and intense drumming. From the beginning seconds to the end of the song it doesn't let up and I would have felt exhausted but the beginning of the next song ”We’re All On Drugs” gave me another energy burst.
”We’re All On Drugs” is arguably the highlight. The song is mighty catchy and is quite dynamic. I especially enjoyed the breakdown and ramping back up a little after the one-minute-mark. “Don’t Shoot” is another dynamic song. The song initially has an over the top Blood Brothers type intensity and then within a nanosecond the guitars go clean and into a ska type verse. These types of changes happen a couple more times throughout the song.
They continues to flex their creative and technical muscles with “7 is 1.” I wouldn’t miss the bass line on this song. “Debts” felt a little different from what came before. I was actually reminded of the band Tool between the vocals and the more subdued sections. The last two songs “Bonds” and “Life of a March” are further testaments to the band's talent.
Overall, Cyborg was impressive, enjoyable and cohesive. The band melds different styles but never gets too experimental for its own good. This album gets two thumbs up. Recommended.
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