End of Dissent
7/13/2011 - Review by: Chris Kincaid
In 2006, Kinlin released their self titled debut album. Much of the same follows on "End of Disent" as DeWayne Hart (Lead vocals/Guitar) Tom Lynch (Guitar) Dave Thomas (Bass) and Ali Nassar (Drums) soldier on with the same recipe.
If I had to describe their sound to someone who is unfamiliar with their sound, it's a hybrid of Pantera with shades of Alice in Chains.
Too broad? Try this: Think of it as a marriage of Metal riffs. Riffs that are heavily influenced by the highly favored dropped tuning effect. With a solo thrown in here and there and top it off with Grunge/Alternative vocals bordering on Layne Staley and Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis.
Starting to get the idea?
There must be a thousand bands attempting the same task with different measures of success. The likes of Chevelle, Puddle of Mud, Three Days Grace even Godsmack to a harder extent. The list goes on with this brand of 'Radio Rock' with each of the aforementioned bands having made millions with this fusion. I'm not a big fan of the genre but even I managed to find a couple standout cuts on here that are worthy of listening.
The opener 'Forever' is a good track but the pace dips in the next 2 cuts before picking back up with track 4 called 'Marching' a song that stomps around the yard looking for a fight with it's angry vocals and Dimebag-esque slamming riff. It continues into the mashing 'Down The Line' with it's violent clash of cymbals and pumping guitars. 'End of Disent' shows some strength with a really great groove. Also 'By Morning' a song that sings of sorrow as it drowns in a sea of blinding depression. And 'Bet Your Life' which climaxes with a great machine gun, double kick laced 1-2 punch combo.
The remaining 3 tracks (not including the hidden 29 second long sonic scream that closes the album) don't really lend much to the overall feel. Except for 'Awakening' which goes from one extreme to another--mellow one minute and pissing mad the next.
If you're a fan of these bands and this type of music. Or if you're just looking for something different you may dig Kinlin.
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