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Review: Ism – Urgency [2008]

Posted in Ism, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on December 14, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-ismModern rock quartet Ism provide an electronically-manipulated listening experience chock full of melancholy with URGENCY, the NYC troupe’s latest 12-track offering. This disc juxtaposes the technological desolation of NIN with the scattershot edginess of latter-day U2, whipping up a somewhat forced array of shadowy tracks such as “Postlude” and “Sacred Cow” that dubiously fall between a sound too tough for the lounge and too soft for the moshpit. Tracks such as “Graffiti” give Tom Morello a run for his money on the whammy bar while the forlorn feel given off from “Fly” takes a turn into ’80s New Wave with a Brit-pop twist. If you dig Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Bravery, or Coldplay at their most haunting, then Ism is a band worth checking out. www.stmrecords.comMike SOS

Review: Hung – Progeny [2008]

Posted in Hung, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on December 12, 2008 by gearsofrock

hungNYC progressive death metal squad Hung bring an experimental twist to the heavier end of the metal spectrum that instantly grabs your attention on their five-track collection PROGENY. With an evil vocal rasp leading the charge,  the key ingredient which sets Hung apart is the frantic and foreboding violin (yes you read that right) of Lyris Hung, often played with  nuances of lead guitar in mind, creating a pristine yet haunting sound that truly radiates something unique. It doesn’t hurt that the rest of the group consistently showcases dextrous musical proficiency at every step (especially with the bass) while churning out  weighty pieces of music shrouded in demonic bliss and brazen with technical ecstasy such as “Maria.” This quintet juxtaposes black metal’s iconic intolerance and progressive metal’s mesmerizing musicianship into grandiose  compositions laden in hellfire to create the closest thing NYC has ever come to their own version of pagan metal. If you dig the true metal underground at its most expansive, Hung will not disappoint. www.hungrocks.comMike SOS