It doesn’t seem like these guys can make up their minds about what they wanna sound like. Sometimes it’s dissonant Jesus Lizard-y type stuff; sometimes it’s a garagey, new wave, Lost Sounds kinda thing; sometimes it sounds like mid-‘80s indie rock; and sometimes it’s psychedelic and spacey. While it’s a cool idea to mix all these sounds and genres, Volumen never really quite hit the nail on the head. It seems like they spend so much time dabbling in different influences that they never really get a chance to sound like themselves, and the record suffers as a result. Maybe by the time they do another album, they’ll fit better into the big hole they’ve dug for themselves. On a side note, this band has the most dedicated and persistent publicist in the whole world.
–ben (Wantage USA)