Monday, June 24, 2013

Locktender/Kafka/Replenish Records/2013 Album Review


Locktender  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  grind,  post  rock  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2013  album  "Kafka"  which  was  released  by  Replenish  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  sludge,  grind,  hardcore  and  post  rock  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  soft  and  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  melody  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  post  rock  elements  of  the  album.

  Vocals  are  mostly  sludge/grind  style  screams  and  growls  along  with  some  hardcore  style  vocals  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  post  rock  rock  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Locktender  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  sludge,  grind,  post  rock  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aphorism  #  17"  and  "Aphorism  #  63".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

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