DESOLATION: Rest in Panic: EP

Jul 13, 2010

I have found Desolation records to be generally a lukewarm listening experience. Not bad, but could be better. They sounded a bit flat. However, they are starting (are they a functioning band again?) to be a bit more interesting. The influence of Tragedy hangs heavy in the air for sure, but on the first couple songs here they have more speed, and, as a result, the sound is more abrasive and jagged. The vocals are barked over the top without character, which bogs things down a bit. The strength of their songs is found in the tempo changes and the percussion. Here they can demonstrate their sonic power and pull the listener in. Their best song is without a doubt found on the B side, “No Steps Forward.” While still retaining the heavy and dark qualities, they also manage to be tuneful and the result is aces. More songs like that and they could be so f’ing great!

 –M.Avrg (Prank,