Earthtone9 - _lo-def(inition) discord_
(Copro Records, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
Managing to mix the aggression of a hardcore/metal act (such as Earth Crisis, Coalesce or Vision of Disorder) and the ultra cool vibes of bands like Tool or Acid Bath is no easy task, but the quintet calling themselves Earthtone9 have done so -- and quite well, may I add. Strong bass lines, some nifty guitar work and searing vocals package a smooth romp into the wonderful world of aggressive metal here. You see, as similar sounding to the above mentioned bands as they may be, Earthtone9 manage to add their own flavor to the fold -- a wicked mix of eccentric vocal styles and some out of this world grooves. I am really starting to appreciate more and more bands that set the musical style they play on the edge, balancing between common musical directions and then occasionally dabbling into some uncharted territory. Tool are a good example of that and that's the primary reason why they are high up on both Gino's and my own fave band list. Not a bad moment on this record from what I can hear. Caring to open up a bit more to the music you digest? Then get this.

Contact: Copro Records, P.O. Box 4429, Henley on Thames

(article published 19/11/1998)

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