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Citing influences such as Nirvana, Led Zepplin and At The Drive-In, Just Like Vinyl sounds like an interesting bunch and with Thomas Erak formerly of The Fall of Troy taking lead, it’s no surprise 'Black Mass' is a combination of ridiculous guitar riffs and controlled melodies. Nevertheless despite this those who have hopes that this The Fall of Troy Version 2.0 may be slightly disappointed.
Whilst early tracks like 'Safety Word' and ‘Bitches Get Stitches’ have that same intense, sparodic sound that made TFOT so appealing, Just Like Vinyl have taken a more focused approach with the latter showing Erak’s singing ability rather than the all out screaming that we’re used to. He brings a slight sense of theatre with his vocals as it soars alongside crunching guitars.
However 'Hours And Whiskey Sours' and ‘Sucks To Be You’ offers a more chaotic approach with crippling guitars and intense drum work. ‘ATM’ is another example of this and to be honest the frantic fingerwork leaves you amazed but you have to appreciate their direction to a rhythm-centred sound.
The highlight is 'Walk You Home' which sees a guest spot from Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty. It showcases the bands ability to write melodic rock songs with a heavy edge but a steady tempo.
Admittedly on first listen 'Black Mass' doesn’t quite grab you and sounds slightly incoherent. It’s a challenging record that at times fails to keep your attention, yet it offers variation. In places its edgy-yet-melodic, whilst elsewhere it’s dark, bitter and sludgy.
Whilst Erak and company may not shake off The Fall of Troy comparison, it’s clear Just Like Vinyl are a confident band with ideas and have the musical talent to expand these ideas.
'Black Mass' by Just Like Vinyl is available now on Superball Music.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)