Released: 26th March 2007
I don't dislike this band, but as far as rock/metal goes these days I think they have a lot to live up to. The vocalist is frequently out-of-tune, but occasionally delivers some brilliant (Mike)Patton-esque hooks that don't fail to impress. The band is tight and I love the low-end bass rumble, although the production is a little tinny. When they attempt their less-melodic pieces, you can tell the singer is really struggling to find the correct key, and the timbre of his voice unfortunately doesn't support these less than perfect moments.
I'm sure they would be a great band to see live, many of their tracks are quickly and precisely executed with energy and enthusiasm. However, as a recorded act they aren't complex enough to be prog and not adequately streamlined to be a great rock band. I am an avid supporter of rock and metal and perhaps this is why I feel so disappointed by 'Vert'. It feels like they have reached a point they feel happy in, their comfort zone, and I can't imagine them making the right changes I believe they need to make it to the next step.
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Review by: Joseph Chapman