Bianca Aspin (vocals) and Harry Park (guitar/bass/programming) are the duo that make up Room 404. They recently released A World Turned Upside Down which is an off-kilter metal album.
There are some solid songs here which showcase some potential for the duo. Aspin has a good singing voice and the guitar playing has some inspired moments. I thought the production was varied.
The guitar sound was crisp but I found the programmed drums to sound programmed. All those programs like EZdrummer, addictive drums etc, still can't capture the actual dynamics of a drummer to my ears.
Up first is “The Sleeping Giant” which is more or less just an intro. It's slow played piano chords with some kind of backward type of effect. The transition into “A World Turned Upside Down” felt a bit abrupt. It's a fast moving song that is dynamic. The song has its moments and others that don’t work out quite as well.
Lyrically, the words read similar to a band like Evanescence where the topics seem serious in a teenage angst type way. Aspin sings, “In a world turned upside down What’s wrong becomes the new right In a world turned upside down We buy all the blatant lies In a world turned upside down.”
“Too Much to Lose” is a straightforward metal song with a surplus of rocking riffs while “Memento Mori” is the arguable highlight. The first half of “Scare” sounded like nothing that came before. I’m not sure it fit with the previous material but the song does eventually get heavy. They close with “All That You Believe” which is an intense song that has a boatload of energy.
The duo has built a solid foundation but there is definitely room for improvement in a number of areas. Maybe even more importantly I’d like to see if the band can find more of a niche. The music they play certainly isn't anything new but they do the genre justice. I’d like to see if they can find more of a signature sound on their next release.
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