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Review: Shredding the Envelope - The Call of the Flames
Shredding the Envelope
The Call of the Flames

Label: Standstill And Scream Music
Year released: 2009
Duration: 51:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Rating: 1/5

Review online: August 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Call of the Flames

Rated 1.57/5 (31.43%) (7 Votes)

I see this getting a lot of good press, so I feel compelled to point out that it pretty much sucks. This "band" is really a shred project by a guy named Dave Reffett from Boston. It's billed as "Power/Thrash", and there are some elements of that here. But like all shred records, this is more about the guitar egotists look-at-my-dick ethos than any real songwriting impulse. The riffs are standard chunk chunk chunk rhythms with a lot of jazz-influenced melodic work to make sure we know the guy can play. The songs are faceless and interchangeable, way too much blues rock and not enough metal. Reffett's vocals are really awful, as they are pretty much just a forced sneer run through a bunch of effects. They are one-note almost literally, and they never do anything but make you want to turn this off. Yes, the guy can play, but no, I don't really care. This is an album-length work that says nothing but "Look, I have a guitar!" Snore.

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