Sights & Sounds
Sights & Sounds, yes that is an unusual name for a band, is another of the bands that comes to the world thanks to the excellent indie label, Smallman Records, who have a knack for finding progressive minded bands with something interesting to offer in their music.
With the release of Monolith, Sights & Sounds certainly comes at us with something which is quite impressive.
The opening cut Sorrows, clocks in at just over five minutes, and shows the band taking a heavy metal heart, and fleshing it out with softer interludes which adds some rather stunning contrasts and musical depth to the work.
The Smallman Records website (www.smallmanrecords.com) explains the music as “post-hardcore and punk influences alongside far-east melodies which are all evident but not overpowering in songs that are as aggressive as they are imaginative.”
That is actually a pretty accurate description, at least in terms of the far-east influences which are evident on a number of the songs here.
This is a disk which really feels as though each song builds on the previous one, as if there is a larger story Sights & Sounds wants to tell, than comes across in any single cut. That feeling really adds to the overall impact of Monolith. You feel as if you are part of something epic here.
This is definitely a CD worth getting. I was impressed from start to finish.
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 7, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada