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Intro (It Ends Tonight) ::
Careless Talk ::
Bullet Of Tranquility ::
The Machine ::
From The Ashes ::
Ridin' The Storm ::
Pretty Girls (Get Split) ::
Rue The Day formed in January 2005 in the Midlands area. The five piece, formed of vocalist Jack, guitar and backing vocalist Dave, guitarist Rich, Joe on bass and Mark on drums, set themselves on a string of gigs across the UK, getting them noticed and talked about by many. These gigs caught the attention of Casket Records with whom this album is released.
On to the good stuff!
We're first met with a distorted yell followed by a 2min 16sec intro with another scream close to the end, aptly called Intro (It Ends Tonight). This isn't an intro as such, but more of a slippery dive board, forcing us in at the deep end whether we like it or not. Usually i like this kind of brutal entrance to an album, but i'm just not feeling this. I like to at least try and connect with the vocalist of a band the first time i hear an album and i'm left wondering if they actually have a vocalist for the first 2 minutes of the CD.
However, as much as i feel having an almost instrumental beginning to the album wasn't the best of decisions, i can't put down the music. The throbbing of drummer Mark's bass pedal is awesome. The guitars are tight knit and played with effortless perfection. For having only been formed for just over two years, these guys have seemingly found their sound as a band, and the ability to make perfect noise together with their weapons of choice.
Careless Talk weaves in off of the back of Intro (It Ends Tonight) seamlessly and starts with yet another sore throat inducing yell. However, I'm finally able to get a sense of Jacks style during this track. I have to say i'm not too big of a fan. I like my vocalists very strong and powerful, i'm not doubting his ability to scream for England, but its not guttural enough for me. It doesn't feel like its coming from the heart, or the belly, or from real pain. Something about the vocal just doesn't gel with the ear bleeding guitar riffs or the Fear Factory like relentless bass and drum styles found on this song, and on most of the album.
Title track The Machine, has a catchy sing-a-long chorus in amongst the cool twin guitars and assaulting drum line, and this style is echoed throughout the album too. I'm getting Metallica vibes with flashes of 70's rock from quite a few of the tracks on The Machine, both from how they are structured, and from the overall sound and feeling of them.
The band have other sides to them as Bullet Of Tranquility, Rival and Twist show. Although still sounding heavily influenced by James Hatfield styled vocals, and continuing with the rhythmic assault on our eardrums, they show that melody and a more gentle guitar sound is achievable within the Rue The Day camp. I like this side of the band and album, as it shows they have a true depth and creativity within their tightly formed five piece.
Pretty Girls (Get Split) is my personal favourite from The Machine. With this song, Rue The Day sound mature and supreme. There are some great lyrics woven into both melodic and hardcore rhythms, and it feels like they aren't trying to be anyone else but themselves. It works so well this way, and i'd be tempted to become a big fan if every song on The Machine had this much diversity and individuality.
Overall The Machine is a good album to boost the UK scene, and i'm sure these guys are awesome live. The album is a tad samey so possibly purchase it if you've heard of them before, seen them live or are a fan in the first place. Some moments are slightly cheesy - my son asked me if one of the tracks was the beginning of a Power Rangers song!
A lot of it has been done before, but that doesn't mean it should be written off. Although not entirely to my musical taste, Rue The Day have got masses of potential, and The Machine is a good opening for them to get out there, continue gigging and cause some mayhem.
Check out the bands official site www.ruetheday.co.uk and the official Myspace www.myspace.com/ruethedayrock for regular updates and information on tour dates.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Careless Talk
3 Bullet Of Tranquility
6 From The Ashes
7 Ridin' The Storm
8 Pretty Girls