The angular, jarring guitar section that breaks up the verses feels super punchy in contrast to the ambience of the verses, which definitely gives the track some diversity and energy. I wouldn’t have expected something that abrasive from the way the song started – a pleasant surprise!
The dark aesthetic is very ominous and cinematic – I could see this track being in some kind of spy movie, or maybe a thriller. Can’t wait for more from this duo!
As beautiful as the song’s tale is its purist performance and its melody and mood have you on the hook immediately. Take a glass of malt or two and listen to the whole album. It will be definitely worth it. Great work!
If not – it’s bluesy, moody, relaxing, and perfect for “couch listening” after you’ve had a beer or three, whatever floats your boat.
In any case, it’s a damn impressive track for a solo effort! One can only hope to hear from James in the future, perhaps with an expanded lineup. I think some folk instruments would be an interesting addition!
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On the production side, I had chosen to have the vocals a bit more up front as well as little less compression on the overall to keep it more lively, but that is also each one's personal taste. But overall a very big thumb up for this song, well composed and played guys!
Dieter van der Westen
Their catchy hooks of "I'll wait for the summer" and "with sunny days and starry nights" are memorable lyrics and I found myself singing them throughout the days after first listen.
The guitars are simple but effective with decent solid playing throughout. Nothing extraordinary but solid, just solid, with some well executed classic licks. The Vocals cut through well enough, if not a little funny sounding in parts. But hey, that's coming from me, I'm no Freddy Mercury either and this is a review. How can you fault the bass? It sits perfectly to the song. The one thing that didn't sit well with me, and perhaps I'm being harsh in my review, were the drums. Unless their drummer is, in fact, Mr. Drumachinemann, to my dodgy ears it sounds a little too perfect for a rock song. It sounds like the same snare hit throughout (perhaps intentional with samples) but there's nothing wrong with a bit more of a raw/unquantized drum take. Their drums are a little too perfect in my opinion. Call me an idiot but to fit a rock song like theirs, I would prefer something with a bit more of a human touch but loads of bands do this now. Maybe I am an idiot? The drums are by no means bad, they are really good......., now I feel bad.....
Apart from my horrible nasty comments (who wants to read a lovely review of something???) I think Lagg are a good band capable of pulling off their desired sound. The production, mix and master are top quality and I think there is a massive audience to whom this would appeal. Good Luck guys, I wish you all the best.
Singer-songwriter Jay Woodward has carved out a beautifully constructed track. Made up of two distinct sections, a vocal first half and long outro, the tracks two halves compliment each other perfectly building that growing feeling of tension and emotion.
Leaving the listener with a track of real quality, emotion and punch, Jay Woodward has created a song that begs to be rewound and listened to again and again.
We can feel the melancholy, which flows from the song, but it doesn't make you feel sad. I guess it makes you feel a little bit calm, rapt and dreaming. And the rhythm is what gives you the life in this kind of melancholic song,
because there is always hope and feeling "Life goes on".
As we are a little bit of old school, we would like more a kind of guitar solo (though it's not the trend nowadays), that could have been slow and makes you dreaming, or give the song more strength and feeling of struggling.
Warming drums starts by giving decidedly feelings to explode a great chorus with twinkling guitars and gross set of vocals. The real meaning is placed into the bridge "And I was There, I was watching you" which encourage to the listener to repeat and sing the lyrics in a wholly expansive way. If you want to watch their Music Video you will definitely love Standing Like Statues.
Run To Life
The night started with a low key walk to the Lazy Lizard. A place where everyone was young. Political banter, the near fail of a test, and stress took refuge in the wake of our Pride’s close loss to a division rival. A preternatural routine had arisen under the Rising of the Moon.
Morose, a grit in our teeth and only one objective, pure exhaustive exorcism of the boiling blood.
Down the hatch, without a cheer. No cheer. Just red-blooded American boys. A weary and dangerous operation of excess. Down the hatch once more.
A sonic buzz in the ears. The wooden dance floor sticky with spilt lager and who knows what else. Girls dance gracefully in their dorm rooms. My brother and I do not dance gracefully. Clarity turns into blurry madness. The kind when your body tells your brain to take a hike. It was unsynchronized flailing. It was stomping and shadow-boxing. It was all we knew. The band was loud and if they put out music at all there was no recognition of it. Just fuel. Pure high octane piss and vinegar.
In a moment of clarity between songs, we looked around, encircled by bouncers. Just us and the ring. Being watched like cops at the 68’ Democratic convention. Swat masks and plexiglass shields.
We high-fived, and the band played on.
Amidst the strong, thick, metal guitar chuggs, melody and harmony are woven with delicate subtlety, yet not so sublime to be missed. The vocals are as assertive as the strong riffage, yet clean and dripping with passion, adding a new dimension, sweetening the song in a complimentary manner aside the aggressive modern guitar tones.
The conclusion is simple. Barricade is a strong effort from Kozen. If you like guitar-charged melodic hard rock and metal, which seesaws the boundaries between that of old school classic rock and modern sharp metal nuances, you will enjoy this band, as well as this song! Recommended.
B. Dalton - Standing Like Statues @effystatues
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