|Ohio's Rebreather claims to be influenced by both Eyehategod and Radiohead. Allow me to be a bit sceptical about the Radiohead influences, but the typical sludgy sound of Eyehategod is definitely there and so are (of course) the 'Sabbath influences.|
Guitarist Barley Rantilla is the vocalist of the band as well. His voice ranges from love-them-or-hate-them screamy vocals full of contempt and disgust for this failed humanity to clean 'Ozzy-like' vocals, which can get annoyingly out of tune at times. The vocals practically define the genre to which this band belongs (sludge) as the music reminds of different acts in the traditional doom genre and even of heavy groovsters like Electric Wizard and Malasangre. Unfortunately, the alteration of calmer parts with clean vocals followed by aggressive outbursts with screamy vocals, reminded me occasionally of some nu metal bands (like f.i. on the first track 'Eartmover'), but the 'Sabbath-influenced riffing shows that those guys have a good musical taste. I forgive them.
All in all, Rebreather have some quite catchy riffing going on, which makes me suspect that they are going to make it one day if they keep trying. Many of their vocal lines sound interesting as well, although the clean vocals clearly need some improvement. The most interesting moments on this cd are definitely the slow, pounding, distorted parts, which are loaded with much hate and anger. Tracks like the lengthy jam 'Ropeladder / Seedspreader' even give a hint of creative potential that could make this band a force to be reckoned with in the future.
2. Joy Bang
3. Pushing the Lights
5. Ropeladder / Seedspreader
Duration : Approx. 33 minutes.
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