Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- ART OF DYING -- Self-titled

ART of DYING
Self-titled
Thorny Bleeder Records
9-out-of-10
There are just so many great bands in Canada right now pumping out rock music, and if you are keeping a list you best add Art of Dying to it.
Hailing from Vancouver, these guys will be big. Did I say big? I meant BIG!!!!
The band's spot on myspace.com calls their sound rock/alternative/grunge. OK, if that's what they see in themselves I'll buy it. To me this is pretty straight ahead rock, a CD filled with great music.
Lyrically these guys are accomplished considering it is their debut album.
Musically, this five piece unit is tight.
Vocally, Jonny Hetherington is great, and band members Greg Bradley and Niz on guitars, Matt Rhode on bass and Flavio Cirillo on drums round out the band's stellar sound.
There are times you will think Nickleback here, the curse of being a Canadian band right now, but Art of Dying has enough sound of their own not to be lost as a clone.
So which cuts are the best here? Well, that's a little bit like trying to determine the biggest nugget in a pile of gold. I'm sure every listener will have their own choices, but you are likely to like Get Through This, I Will Be There, the Fits of Clarity, Completely, Build A Wall and Alone.
This is one to grab now, because these guys are going to be big, and you'll be happy you took the effort to find their early work.
You can follow the rise of these guys at www.artofdyingmusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 19, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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