Stand Aside - _Tears of the Dragon_
by: Jackie Smit (3.5 out of 5)
Stand Aside hail from London and produce slabs of extremity that are very similar to what passed for Euro metalcore in the mid-'90s. Predictably for a band that have only been together for just a shade over one year, much of what is on offer here is fairly pedestrian, but to their credit Stand Aside infuse each song -- specifically those toward the middle of this seven-track effort -- with enough character to make the listen at least consistently enjoyable. The high-pitched vocals tend to get a tad monotonous at times, but that is a symptom of this style of music rather than an outright criticism, and all things considered I shall look forward with optimism to what Stand Aside can produce next.


(article published 19/4/2004)

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