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Sounds Like: The Levellers, Wonder Stuff
Best Track: “Hug the Feeling”
The Haymakers Arms in Cambridge plays host tonight to a heaving crowd here to witness Keltrix’s debut album launch. I don’t recall seeing it quite this packed and everyone seems to want to be at the front!
Keri Williamson provides a strong female vocal backed by some pleasingly heavy percussion. There is a lot here which defies any single label but Keltrix offer a mix of ballsy rock, heavy and light in moments with folksy/ celtic touches and a fine array of instruments including mandolin, violin, congas and harmonica!
The strongest tracks on a fine album are:
“Whilst You’re Waiting” with its up-tempo feel, has a great positivity to it, reminiscent of The Wonder Stuff in their heyday.
“Reason” is one of the album’s heaviest tracks, with a driving bass line coming to the fore during the chorus after a deceptively quiet start.
“Hug the Feeling” sounds like a funked-up, bass-heavy Pink Floyd number. It’s easy to imagine this starting life as a free-for-all jam before becoming a full track and taking its place in my opinion as the stand-out track of the album.
“The Great Gable” the guitar and vocal build-up of this song puts me in mind of All About Eve, though Keri’s vocal style is much stronger than Julianne Regan’s.
Words and Pictures by Tony Coleby for Art & Soul, December 2010
Sounds Like: Raging Speedhorn, Down, Pantera.
Best Track: Hearts and Mindfields
A packed Portland Arms in Cambridge is the most fitting place to host the launch of local metal heroes Unit 9’s debut album The Dead Stay the Same. Unit 9 know this venue better than most but are already reaching out to new audiences across the region in search of the recognition they clearly deserve.
This opus has been penned and recorded all in the first year of Unit 9’s existence and as such is a remarkable achievement. It’s an album of short, sharp rock shocks which captures their raucous live sound superbly.
The album kicks off with the double whammy of Accelerator and Dirty Sanchez: both no-nonsense, bass-heavy, metal standards. In contrast, tracks like I Fall and Drag the Water show they are not afraid to go off-key in pursuit of jarring, discordant, slower moments, reminiscent of Alice in Chains’ darker numbers.
The disc closes to the gritty distortion of Hearts and Mindfields, a track easily good enough to grace any rock magazine’s coverdisc. Unit Nine in their own words are: “Not indie.”
The Dead Stay the Same can be ordered, downloaded or previewed at http://www.facebook.com/Unitnine
Words and Pictures by Tony Coleby for Art & Soul, October 2010
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