Release DetailsLABEL Candlelight
RELEASED ON 9/20/2005
No Hay Banda
posted on 11/2005 By:
Apparently not all modern rock is useless, and unsurprisingly, it’s a Scandinavian band proving so. Bergen, Norway’s Audrey Horne bring a compelling blend of influences to the table, producing moments that remind me of Katatonia, Green Carnation, Faith No More, and the Foo Fighters. They intertwine remorseful melodies with loud-as-hell chords and capable singing with range. The production is excellent for the music they play. Toschie’s vocals are front and center, with the occasional chorus effect to beef up his dramatic lines. The guitars have a powerful rock tone, bringing to mind some of the more exciting bands of the Seattle days.
Opening track “Dead” might give the impression of an abrasive, aggressive album, as it kicks off with a scream, but quickly settles into a more restrained and darker vibe. The initial riff of “Airsupply” just oozes with despair, like an unused Discouraged Ones line (Katatonia), then the song takes a turn further into goth rock territory – a trait that marks a few of their tracks. “Blackhearted Visions” comes off as a Dave Grohl song on speed, complemented by droning vocals, a’la Kjetil of Green Carnation. “Candystore” is an interesting tune, using spoken-word verses about vices over a mesmerizing and repetitive riff. Effectively simple drumming pins down the chorus. They are hard to pin down to one specific style, which is to their benefit.
Considering some of the absolute crap that I hear on the “Rock” stations nowadays, particularly at my gym, listeners with good sense should flip over an album like No Hay Banda. Unfortunately, reason is in short supply in the mainstream, so this sextet probably won’t get much notice outside of the metal circle that Candlelight reaches. ‘Tis a shame. Regardless, Audrey Horne is a solid rock band with a worthwhile album. Bergen’s secret is safe with us.
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