Silence Is Not Golden
5/15/2006 - Review by: Eric ComptonSteep - Silence Is Not Golden - 2006 - Dies Irae Records
While tracks like "Redefine" and "Rise" are pretty much poster advertisement for MTV2, other cuts do display some melody. Obviously Steep follow the same sort of musical path as bands like Sworn Enemy, The Haunted, and Unearth. They create a chaotic sound that is fueled with a moshing sensibility, backed by groove based riffs, double bass drums, and of course that guy who sings on every one of these albums. Here he is simply just yelling and displaying the normal hip hop range. The melodic cuts found here are the ones that stir a slight bit of interest to me, with "Thousand Years" really exploding into some melody towards the end and even mixing it up with the likes of Exodus and Metallica.
Bottom Line - During one sitting of "Headbangers Ball" you will hear ten bands that sound identical to Steep. I really wish these bands would learn to write a catchy chorus or something with substance that the listener can sink their teeth into. Their is a reason why bands like Soilwork, In Flames, and Killswitch Engage continue to be successful and interesting while Steep simply sits in my collection reflecting the sun. If the band added some clean vocals and maybe slowed down a bit, I would really be quite pleased. Based on this album alone, Steep can do much better.
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