Author: Nicole Dumas

Laughter
You Hit the Nail on the Head
Self-Released
Street: 10.08
Laughter= Breather Resist+Pantera+Temple of the Dog
Are you ready to taste the rainbow? Laughter has created a sound that dips where other locals have not. Releasing the demon of influence, You Hit the Nail on the Head has a varied rock sound. Between the second track “Auditory Ipecac” and track five “I am on my Way,” you’ll feel the slap from a Converge to Pantera sound with an underlying tribute to grunge. In that jumble, I found a liking for their style and promised heaviness. The best feature of Laughter is that between the drumming and vocals they manage their screams and sings well. Sudden changeover from man-imal screaming to melodic singing can be difficult to slay, but this is a job well done.

Pilot This Plane Down
Glory of the World
Exigent
Street: 08.08
Pilot This Plane Down= Tristeza+A band whose name starts with an “I” and ends with an “S”
I wanted to get my ears dirty. Instead of putting Pilot This Plane Down in my computer and doing three different things, I sat down with headphones. Exigent Records is like a grab bag of goodies and has released albums from many local artists that I dig. The initial vibe of Glory of the World is heavily Isis-influenced, but PTPD have something to offer besides a tired replica. The album art is simple and bitchin’ and gives the impression that it’s laced with mysterious meaning. Opening track “At Peace” sets the mood and carries a steady flow to the end with “Collapse.” PTPD’s songs read like a book, bridging one to the other and conducting a dark, solemn and ambient sound. There are moments so eerie that it mimics the score of a 1970s Italian horror flick. With all of the quiet there is loud exploding rhythm that may force you into banging your head, which is always a plus.

Reviver
Versificator
Exigent
Street: 07.08
Reviver= Ensign+Will Haven+The Unseen
Maybe I don’t spend enough time in the community because Reviver had totally passed me by before I heard their debut album Versificator. They are yet another talented addition to the Exigent Records roster. Reviver members have been in previous local bands such as Cherem and Cool Your Jets making the band seasoned hardcore veterans. The versatility in their music will cater to almost anyone who has a history with hardcore music. Bind the musicianship of Reviver with wizardfingers Andy Patterson’s recording/ mixing and you have the tools necessary to be pleased. I haven’t been amped on this style of music in a while, but those of you still agile enough for the amount of energy that oozes from Reviver’s veins shall be ready to pump your fist, get your mosh on and possibly do a finger point!

A Balance Of Power

Stomp The Ground

Self-Released

Street: 2.20

A Balance Of Power= Bane + Anthrax + Sevendust

It’s always interesting to run into new metal locals in S.L.C. because it’s not too often you see metal heads scurry around Utah streets. A Balance of Power is new to me and Stomp the Ground is an album with five jams that have a crossover mix of metal. For the most part, it’s subtle on the heavy and has moments of thrash. I just kept waiting for it to get heavier and louder and that didn’t happen. The songs remind me of the point in time when hardcore bands warmly welcomed metal and a little bit of speed into the mix, but there is nothing notably impressive or epic in this recording. The most memorable track is number five, “Confined,” mainly because it sounds a lot like early L.A. hair metal. I like the approach and they seem like some real down dudes, but Stomp The Ground is just lacking attack.

Active Aggressive

Self-Titled

Better Youth Underground

Street: 2.20

Active Aggressive = F-Minus + Teen Idles + Government Issue

To my disadvantage, my first meeting with Active Aggressive was through this demo. This short, three-song political run is a rough one. I know the purpose of a demo, but it sounds like standing outside of a live show with earplugs in. It’s fast crusty punk. Yes, there are a few moments of sweet riffs, but It is very abrasive, unclear in sound and makes me want to punch something (maybe that’s a good thing?). Active Aggressive have an ultra DIY vibe that can be appreciated, but I don’t see it necessary to put people through the torment of something that sounds like a homemade tape recording.

Nine Worlds
Self -Titled
Self-Released
Street: 10.02
Nine Worlds= Cult of Luna+Rwake+Pelican+Russian Circles
Nine Worlds takes the pace of super slow doom/ambient metal and speed it up just enough too keep you connected. I get undeniably impatient with 12-minute-plus songs that fade into nowhere, but here I found a satisfying four-song EP with all tracks in perfect timing. The tracks travel with a basic (61) SaltLakeUnderGround heavy loop of repetitive, sludge-filled rhythm separated by breakdowns that resume a notch heavier. Titillating bass lines and math rockish guitar are a monster part of the sound, paired with a well-balanced amount of masculinity and femininity. My favorite track is “Everyone’s In A Fucking Band,” (which is a fucking awesome song name) it has a lonely twang that plays with samples from the movie, A Scanner Darkly. Thank you Nine Worlds for offering a noteworthy release. Stoners, roll up your sleeves.