Selah Review

artist: Lewis vs Clark date: 03/10/2009 category: compact discs
Lewis vs Clark: Selah
Released: Oct, 2008
Genre: Hardcore
Number Of Tracks: 7
For a band from North Carolina that tours minimally, the sound quality of this record is phenomenal, and on par with that of most well-known bands today.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 10 
 Votes:
 1 
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overall: 9
Selah Reviewed by: HWFG1, on march 10, 2009
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Sound: The intro track, "Desecration", is nothing more than a breakdown track, really. The first 45 seconds or so is a clip of a man speaking, but, from then on, it's a breakdown. It leads nicely, however, into the drum fill that opens "This Shallow Tomb", which sounds like what you'd expect of a deathcore band, and then some. The vocalist makes an awesome delivery on the vocals, but, again, the last half or so seems to be mostly breakdowns. The third track, "Purity", opens nicely and the second breakdown is catchy, which is something the others were lacking. "Drifting Too Far From the Shore" opens up slightly repetitively, but picks up after 45 or seconds into the song, with catchy guitar lines and another amazing performance by Zachary (the vocalist). It really sticks out to me on the CD. "Necropolis" opens up kind of blandly, but, it gets better as the song progresses. This song features another catchy breakdown, with the band members chanting over it, and the fade out on it sounds like the beginnings of an awesome solo. "Deer!" opens up with a groovy, catchy guitar riff, and is continues throughout to be highlight of the album. "Selah", the closing track, has even more breakdowns, but, there's a couple of catchy ones in there. And, the vocalist stands through again, even singing a couple of verses (which end the song). Then, silence. And, for the last 45 seconds of the track, a small piece of music plays. // 8

Lyrics: Zach, the band's vocalist, albeit not seeming to have a great vocal range when screaming, has a great delivery, and, an amazing singing voice. The lyrics deal mostly with faith, but, that doesn't take away from the music at all. In fact, it adds to it, in a way. Metal bands who sing about their faith generally seem to be outnumbered by those who sing about their lack thereof. // 10

Overall Impression: This record is extremely good for an underground band, and is definitely worth the listen. It's got a few too many breakdowns, but, other than that, it's fantastic! Tracks like "Deer!" and "Drifting Too Far Away from the Shore" really stand out as highlights on the CD. It's only available on iTunes, currently, but it's cheap, and definitely worth all $7. // 9

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