|Review: Rictus Grin - Living the Dream|
|Living the Dream|
Year released: 2004
Review online: February 2, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Living the Dream
This follows the 2003 release "Taste the Steel" which I reviewed previously. This release is darker, more focused than its predecessor - it feels more like an album (well, it's an EP) than a random collection of songs. There's less variety, not necessarily due to a smaller number of songs. Here the band sticks to a somewhat primitive and raw, modern heavy/thrash, pretty much in the same vein as the majority of the songs on "Taste The Steel". I'm not too crazy about the more modern thrash sound, but Rictus Grin manage to make it listenable most of the time. There's less variety in the vocals too - the cleaner vocals are gone, leaving the exclusivity to the "hardcore meets Slayer" type of vocals that I find annoying, as well as a near death-like growl that's decipherable without much effort most of the time.
If it weren't for the occasional hardcore-ish vocals, this would kill, as the songs are all good and there's some catchy guitar work in there. This still beats the crap out of most bands with a similar sound, and hopefully we'll see another full-length from them soon. If the type of vocals doesn't bother you, then definitely check this one out.
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