|Review: Lucid Wake - Tomorrow's Fading|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
After battling with the sheer child-like immaturity at laughing at the band's previous name – Pelvic Fury – I decided to eventually give this a spin. These guys class themselves as Progressive Thrash Metal and claim to sound like; what you get when you throw Rush, Death, Anthrax, and Withering Surface in a blender. Strangely enough I can actually hear the Rush and Death in Lucid Wake, which is certainly a good thing and worthy of merit. Unfortunately the overall experience is let down by the same old pitfalls younger acts fall into. The main shortcomings are in the vocal work and the guitar work – not bad by any means but some parts really give the feel of "look at me check out my sweep picking" or a major niggling part in "For Good Measure" where they try to utilize a melodic lead that is about as melodic as a Stephen Hawking cover of "Painkiller". I've heard and seen this a lot before, particularly in demos and local music scenes, and it can get pretty annoying – especially since these guys have a good thing going on. Fortunately the riffage and rhythm guitar work is quality, serving its purpose finely and whipping forth some truly nice riffs. The vocals are your typical almost hardcore yelling, although at times the singer can verge on some almost Black Metal-like cat screams. Some of the more enjoyable parts are in the title track "Tomorrow's Fading" that reminds a lot of Lazarus A.D. The solo section on "For Good Measure" was the one time on the release everything went smoothly and features a nice trade-off solo feel. Definitely some interesting stuff going that just about outweighs the sour parts. Hopefully the problems will be ironed out on a full-length.
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