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The Tug Fork River Band: Catch for Us the Metal

The Tug Fork River Band:
Catch for Us the Metal

Metalcore
Rating: 2.0/5.0

A quick tip for you aspiring musicians out there: if your style of metal makes me almost fall asleep, don't expect a glowing review. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Catch for Us the Metal did. I had to force myself to rearrange the shortcuts on my desktop in order to stay awake.

Every song plods along like it's in 2 feet of mud. The album has no pacing and fails to keep the listener interested. The structure of each song is also a bust. There's no sense of progression, just a bunch of very similar riffs or chords thrown together. Is your CD on repeat? You can't tell. Guitar work is alright if you don't mind the same riffs played over and over. Bass is hardly audible except on the few solos it has. Then of course they all sound the same too. Drums pound away with lots of double bass as has become the standard for metalcore.

Like a lot of modern metalcore, vocals are split between cookie-monster growls and a few spots of regular singing to spice things up. However, the quality of the singing greatly surpasses that of the screaming. The screaming almost seems like an afterthought, only put in the songs in order to fit in with current metal trends. This is all speculation but I have no respect for a band that sacrifices musical vision so they can fit into the current state of metal. The only thing that saves Catch for Us the Metal from being certified crap is the band's cover of Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun which is done very well. Ironic huh?

Bland, boring and uninspired, whatever way you put it Catch for Us the Metal scrapes the bottom of the barrel that is metalcore. Recommended only for insomniacs.

In Short

Bland, boring and uninspired, whatever way you put it Catch for Us the Metal scrapes the bottom of the barrel that is metalcore. Recommended only for insomniacs.

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