First Newfoundland musician to hit the blog and first metal band to hit the blog. I was hesitant that I would enjoy this band, as my first thought was 'a metal band from Newfoundland cannot be that good". Boy was I wrong. The Combine exceeded all my expectations when it came to what they could do. The lead singer sounded like he belongs in a metal band, the guitarist can certainly shred, with the bassist and drummer tying it all together. My first listen was a surprisingly enjoyable and every other listen was just as fun.
I grew up listening to metal so I felt a little more familiar with knowing what to expect. With each listen to the album I always thought the composition of the songs were very tight. Almost everything seemed to fit together with hardly anything sounding out of place - besides one snare drum part in their song "North Korea". At the end of the week I hardly noticed that one misplaced snare drum.
I probably listened to this album 8 or 10 times during the course of the week and I often found myself turning it on whenever an opportunity presented itself. Car speakers on bust, zooming around the city, this is how you listen to metal. If it wasn't so damn cold I am sure I would have had the window down and playing my air drums at every possible red light. I probably set a record for shoveling my driveway as the music just seemed to give you a little boost in energy.
I was pleasently surprised to see that they had a music video for their song "Victory Road". It was also nice this sort of music being covered by local media with a great piece in The Newfoundland Herald. Good music should not be ignored and I truly think if you enjoy metal you would enjoy The Combine
Rating: 4 out of 5 Thalliums (cause it is a heavy metal, get it, heavy metal)
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