Tuesday, June 12, 2012

0 RECORD REVIEW: Serial Hawk - "Buried in the Gray" EP

After releasing the bands first demo in May of last year, the guys in Serial Hawk have now released their debut EP “Buried in the Gray” June 1st. After several listens of the bands first minimalistic demo, it’s been interesting to watch the bands set and sound evolve to the force they've become today. Adding new drummer Justin Rodda to the bands line up, the band sounds tighter than ever. Vocalist/Guitarist Will Bassin and Bassist Adam Holbrook have shortened the track listing down to a solid four songs of gloom-ridden, crushing tracks. Don’t be fooled, the band is fully able to bring up the tempo a bit, and still deliver the goods. The record starts out strong, with the bashing opening riff of "A Fraction of Light" and rides on, almost seamlessly changing moods from track to track. The albums final offering “Watch it Burn” bookends perfectly, bringing the record to a slow burn finale. Engineered and mixed by Adam Pike at Toadhouse studios and mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering, the album is full of thick sounding guitar and bass tones, and sounds as big as bands with twice the members. It’s warm, maintaining the abrasive sound the band is known for live, while the tracks are more structured and absolute. Additional vocals have been added, adding another dynamic to the band without distracting from any of the other finer points. The EP will be released on 12” Vinyl available at serialhawk.com, as well as at live shows, and will include a digital download card for your technology.

Serial Hawk will be celebrating the release of "Buried in the Gray" this Thursday at the Funhouse. Also, on the solid bill are No World, Same-Sex Dictator, and The Annunaki. The Show starts at 9pm and is $5 at the door.

by James Ballinger


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