AWAY FROM NOW: Shadows Allude Invade: CD

This is a strange little album from Australia. The vocals sound a bit like Frankie Stubbs from Leatherface, and some of the songs on this album do have Leatherface breakdowns and those hard, fast, chaotic melodies. When the songs have these parts, I really like this CD a lot. Sometimes, though, they pull out of the breakdowns with some tough guy metal bits, which, at its best, reminds me of Sick of it All, but usually, the tough guy metal parts don’t sound as good as Sick of it All. It’s strange because the two elements don’t match. The combination of the two elements also makes for really long songs. I wish that they would cut out everything that doesn’t sound like Leatherface. Of course, I realize that this would probably make them sound less original, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.

 –sean (Pee)