Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- SONIC ORCHID -- Love & War

LOVE & WAR
Sonic Orchid
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Sonic Orchid is all about the vocals of Christine Gasparic. This is a girl with rock in her veins, (think a Joan Jett). She likes the driving rock, metal edged, and powerful.Yet, to Gasparic's credit she doesn't just scream into the microphone so that it sounds little more than greasy feedback. No this gal uses her power under control. You can understand the lyrics here, and that's important on songs such Fight For Your Right, which comes with a message to stand up for what you believe in. This one has a sort of symphonic metal undertone that makes it very good.Gasparic, who also plays keyboards, is backed by Brad Evanochko on guitar, C.J. Cook on bass, and Grant Frew on drums, as well as adding a male counterpoint on a few vocals.The CD has nine cuts, most straight ahead power rock cuts. Without You is a slower cut, and it really is a number which allows Gasparic's voice to shine its brightest. Alive Again is the second slower-paced song, the final cut on the CD, and arguably the best on the album. While Sonic Orchid offers up two great slower songs you get the feeling the band really just wants you to feel their raw energy. That energy is certainly evident is a song such as Chaos, another cut with a definite dramatic take on metal.As a first album Sonic Orchid, who are based in Regina, show a lot of promise. They have done a nice job of dropping their sound smack dab between pure hard core metal, and just hard rock, creating a balance which should find fans on both sides of the equation.Certainly the effort here is worthy of rock fans searching out the debut. With a little refinement as they decide just where they ultimately want to be musically, my guess is in time they will allow their metal hearts to rule more fully, Sonic Orchid could emerge as a top flight genre band. Remember the name Sonic Orchid and Christina Gasparic, you are likely to hear far more from them.Check them out at www.sonicorchid.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 1, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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