Metal / Funk
It's been a while since I've done review and a lot of you have been asking for one, so today's lucky... more It's been a while since I've done review and a lot of you have been asking for one, so today's lucky recipient is Hollowpoint's "Stand Up". Hollowpoint are purveyors of 80's themed Metal, comparisons can be made to Loudness, Dokken, Priest and Maiden but only stylistically, the band have their own sound...and they deliver the goods in spades on Stand Up. The first thing I notice when listening to this type of music is that the vocalist usually is the weakest link in the band, not so with Hollowpoint. The vocalist here delivers a powerful and rocking performance, he combines the perfect amount of grit and attitude to keep the track driving and enjoyable. In my opinion his performance is pretty near flawless, there are no awkward moments where you're thinking "he didn't quite hit that note" or "that phrase was a little off"...I think that is why I liked it so much. After hearing dozens of tracks in this vein I finally got to hear a killer band do it justice and have me banging my head like I was 16 again. Some of you might be thinking "what good is a vocalist without the band behind him", and you'd be right. The band is also awesome, the riffs are tight and well thought out. They have certain amount of catchyness to them that really moves the song forward. I think my favorite part was the Maiden-esque style of the solo, really great stuff...it doesn't try to go from some meaningless face melting shred, just plays a deliciously engaging melody that is instantly memorable. As for as the production of the material goes, the recording is awesome as well. All the instruments are well balanced in the mix and sound punchy and in your face. What can I say that I haven't already said, great song by a great band that sounds great, Hollowpoint I salute you, the Metal flows through your veins...Christopher Carrion XXX
From the jump, I heard the tone and thought it was needed some EQ, but it wasn't until the vocals st...
more From the jump, I heard the tone and thought it was needed some EQ, but it wasn't until the vocals started that I realized this was deathy stuff. The EQ is fine, if that's the case, because that's what you were going for, yeah? So.
Good use of the keys in the background to fill up the scoop left out of the guitar sound. The twin leads worked pretty well together, especially right before the Iron Maiden-esque breakdown about three quarters of the way through. I wish that part was a little longer. Nobody wants to do any derivative stuff, but those parts are great.
Good structure. Even though it was almost seven minutes long, I never found myself waiting for the song to end. Even through the cookie-monster bits, which I'm not really a fan of. This is pretty nicely put together. If I had any constructive criticism, it might be to make the lead a bit less harsh. At high volumes, and especially on headphones, it kind of cut through my head. If you're not using the neck pickup on that, try it.