12 August 2013

Unearthed Review: All Guns Blazing. Three and a half stars.

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All Guns Blazing

Unearthed Reviews won’t stay dead, don’t even try and kill it.

It’s too tough.

The gods of random number generation directed me towards All Guns Blazing, a 5-piece rock-metal garage-y outfit Canberran outfit.

Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Rising out of Canberra Australia in mid-2007, All Guns Blazing began in a tin shed on a cold winter’s night when Jake (guitars) and Pat (drums) came together after meeting through friends of friends. With the same aspirations and desires to play music, 3 more additions were made to the All Guns Blazing line-up when Sepy (vocals), Matty (guitars) and Zach (bass) all joined 2 weeks later.

All Guns Blazing are an all out 80’s/90’s ball wrenching rock, where front man Sepy becomes one with the crowd as well as the music. This powerful, chest-thumping live show was first made public at the beginning of 2008.

The enthusiasm, determination and commitment All Guns Blazing have shown by writing and recording a 3-track demo and polishing a professional live set, even before their first show, has found themselves sell-out every local show they have played since forming.

Their influences include past and present legends of the music world such as Guns ‘N Roses, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Rage Against The Machine. Pulling small facets from each of their influences in each song, All Guns Blazing have derived a fresh rock sound.

2008 has begun in the best way possible for All Guns Blazing. They hope to end the year on a higher note, aiming to write, record and release a full-length album combined with extensive touring from then onwards. After then, All Guns Blazing won’t just be selling out shows in Canberra.

Here’s what I have to say about them:

They’re not bad.

They mention in their artist profile they they sound like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, and Guns N’ Roses.

They don’t, but they’re making a damn good go at it and the results are fun and suitably excessive for the most part.

They’ve got two different tracks up on Unearthed.

The Blacklist is ridiculously enthusiastic. AGB want to do everything at once in this song, and that works for me. Solid instrumental work and vocals that (mostly) hit the mark make this a fun genre piece. Give it a go.

Put it in H did not impress me nearly as much. The vocals are noticeably weaker than in Blacklist, the energy and passion found in Blacklist seem to have been sacrificed in an effort to sing prettier. That more or less sums up my issues with the whole track. While Blacklist felt like an impulsive and hedonistic head-first dive into playing with the rock/metal genre, Put it in H comes off as a carefully calculated attempt to sound a certain way. They succeed and it’s ok, but it lacks the thrust of the other track, and rock is all about thrust.

Both songs however are totally worth a listen, and both show a passion and talent for a genre of music that I don’t see enough of in Canberra…

So go team!

Three and a half stars.

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