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Review: Screamking - Evilibrium

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 53:18
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: September 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

This is a young band from Indiana with their debut, self-released album. At the moment it appears to be just two guys: guitarist Rafael Hernandez, and singer Joe Lawson. Hernandez gets a good, visceral guitar sound, but he abuses the downtune pretty hard, giving the riffs on this a very groove kind of sound. He can write and play heavy riffs like a motherfucker, but the songwriting is pretty baggy, just lurching around without any build or drama. Lawson has a powerful voice, but his phrasing is off, and he has a hard time keeping on time with the rest of the band. The vocal effects are used and overused to the point that it's often hard to tell what Lawson actually sounds like besides 'loud'. This is heavy, and shows a band with a lot of energy and hunger, but they just don't have the songwriting chops to pull this off.

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