Touching Base With A Chainsaw Review

artist: Of Hearts And Shadows date: 10/23/2007 category: compact discs
Of Hearts And Shadows: Touching Base With A Chainsaw
Release Date: Oct 23, 2007
Label: Tyburn Records
Genres: Post-Hardcore
Number Of Tracks: 12
A brutal blend of hardcore, metal, and punk, Of Hearts and Shadow's debut CD Touching Base With A Chainsaw is a Molotov cocktail of raw fury.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.3
Touching Base With A Chainsaw Reviewed by: UG Team, on october 23, 2007
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Sound: A brutal blend of hardcore, metal, and punk, Of Hearts and Shadow's debut CD Touching Base with a Chainsaw is a Molotov cocktail of raw fury. It's tough, it's fast, it's relentless. Not for the faint of heart. Vocals on the album take a two-sided attack, with Scott Bixby switching between soaring emo/whine choruses and all-out gutteral screaming. It is almost in the same vein as the new Atreyu sound, with the blend of clean and dirty vocals both considered as lead for nearly every song on the album. Guitar and bass on the CD provide an impenetrable blanket of crushing, down tuned riffs. No seven strings here, yet that bowel-moving grind of stuttered drop-tunings still litters each song; lots of opens, pinch harmonics, and palmed first fret supernovas can be found. The most impressive bit concerning the instrumentals is the fact that hardly any riffs are repeated over the course of each song -- OHAS tends to gravitate to more progressive/ever-changing ideals, almost like Ricky Vazquez and Ian Archer (bass and guitars) seem to be jamming constantly over the course of the entire disc. M.T. Williams is by far the star of the show, though. His prowess on the kit is incredible. Far from the same old metal/hardcore drumming; it's much more inventive. Of course, there is still liberal use of double bass pedals, and the sturdy thud of a dead snare, yet his playing works in gorgeous unison with the instrumentals, accentuating the chugs of both guitar and bass. Great toms usage for buildups, intense treble overload for multiple cymbal crashes. // 9

Lyrics: It's a dystopia. All is lost. Destroy and rebuild. OHAS tends to lean towards the same old style lyrically as much screamo. Love lost, death are both big topics. It's anger, it's morose, it's life and death. Not really much can be said about this. For some of the CD, the guttural screams are so low and harsh; the lyrics can hardly be made out. // 7

Overall Impression: A beefy debut CD from OHAS. No doubt these young men will make a splash in the hardcore scene with their refined and hardly generic hodgepodge of shittingly heavy stuff. Expect them to be on some glossy covers in the near future. Yet once again, be warned: this is not for the faint of heart. // 9

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