Sound — 10
Jackalfeud are a four piece rock band. Formed in 2003 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland they released their first demo 'Miss. Fortune' demo some 6 months after formation. The demo despite being low-key collected positive feedback, receiving airplay as far as the US both on a local and state-wide scale whilst also appearing on BBC's Across The Line. Jackalfeud are not your average band, they have come up with their own unique style of music which when listened to you it is something differnt. Opener Silhouettes for the first time sounds brilliant, the second time annoying and the third impressive but its purely if your willing to listen to emo wails or not. Musically they have a nice sound patented with the odd scream complimenting it brilliantly. Eyes For The Chaos Bringer is great, there's the music of Alexisonfire but with a heavier original voice that gives the music a much more appealing tone. Create Routine to Break Routine is what these guys should be churning out song after song. Musically it's got a fantastic groove as well as raw guitars to give it a strong metal edge; vocally its brilliant and the lyrics are easily remembered through Rowan Morrey's strong singing. April O' Neil, although soft and completely emo, still sounds brilliant, the technical guitars in places, the clear heartfelt vocals and general theme of the song saves it from disregard and makes it a worthy inclusion to the release. Points Past a short instrumental makes way for The Coven, the EP's closing track. There is one minute of complete perfection in the song and if they were playing at that level and thinking musically at that level all the time, they would be a flawless band.
Lyrics — 8
Musically, 'Blood And Wires' shows them at the height of their musical maturity to date. There's no doubt about that. But the fact is it's a record entering a grossly obese genre, the one where singers hold those long clean notes before screaming something or other, over chords Deftones used to use. It's good then that Jackalfeud can see past their fringes, metaphoric and presumably actual, to chart a clear path. The one thing I love about this band is the singers unique voice. The mix of screaming and hard melodic singing works great, it's not your typical "emo screaming voice" The lyrics are impressive but I feel don't do the album justice, saying that there not bad.
Overall Impression — 10
Jackalfeud may not be signed, but they are a band to watch out for in the near future. They are undoubtedly Northern Ireland's best and new upcoming rock band. Jackalfeud's "Blood And Wires" should be looked at by many self published bands. They did everything a band should do, their EP was properly put together, properly presented, it's an object lesson in how to do a self-release correctly. Frankly I'd buy it on looks alone, and that's 5 more in their back pockets than your band's. So have a think about that. It's solid as a rock. Saying that they do rock, and if have read this you should atleast take 5 minutes and give them a listen. I can't tell you what who they sound like or sound like. it's there own way.