Track Six Rocks!

[rating:7/10]

Let me begin by saying that I’ve had this CD for several months sitting in my “To Be Reviewed” pile. When I got it, I did some research (Google) and read up on the band. Some of what I read piqued my interest, but I suspected that their album, Exit Silent Mode would just end up a generic pop-punk/alt-rock hybrid ala Foo Fighters. After a lengthy stay in my pile of music ready for review, the assumed genre proved to be true, but the quality of the music was not entirely the case.

It is more than fair to say that the album is radio friendly and there are moments where the music does feel a little generic, but there is more than enough here to say that Megaphone is not some wannabe band that’s just trying to produce music that will get played on the radio and make them big bucks. Truthfully, this album is evidence that those involved love music and love what they do. The songs come across as heartfelt and interesting. In a world where it’s easy to label a band as “sellouts” for hiring a good producer, it’s nice to hear a band that isn’t afraid to put forth a polished sound no matter what the hipsters may think.

So, what about this release does thepaintedman really like? The vocals, for starters. Matt Bloodwell, former drummer for Flordia punks Precious, seems to have the knack for being a lead singer. His vocal style is one part 90’s alternative, 2 parts 80’s metal, and a few dashes college rock radio. Okay, so maybe it’s a bit harder than that to put a finger on, but Bloodwell’s vocals are solid at their worst moments and stellar at more than few points on this album.

In addition to great vocals, I truly enjoy the metallic guitar work (courtesy of former Seven Mary Three touring guitarist Paul Smith) and the tight rhythm section comprised of two well-practiced musicians (James Woodrich, formerly of My Hotel Year, on bass and Scott Smith, formerly drummer of Cori Yarckin, on drums). Their sound combines the modern alt-rock sound of bands like Silvertide with Van Halen-like riffage and a classic rock influence. A band that alt-rock radio should take seriously, I fully expect Megaphone to make some waves in the scene.

Oh, and, like the title of the review says… the sixth track entitled “What If…” is a killer rock anthem, melodic and thoroughly enjoyable

Recommended if you like: 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Eve 6, and Bon Jovi.

Bonus: Download a free MP3 here!

~ by thepaintedman on March 23, 2010.

4 Responses to “Track Six Rocks!”

  1. Hey Thepaintedman, thanks for the kind words. Thrilled to see that we were able to catch your ear and not end up in the pile of “meh.” It’s nice to see that our intentions came through in this recording and you get where we are coming from. By the way, track 6 several times almost didn’t make the album. I can thank the rest of the guys in the band for continuing to fight for that one. Some songs are harder to finish than others.

    Again thank you for taking the time to listen and review. if I may, I would like plug that two of the songs from this CD have just been released in the new Rock Band Network for Rock Band 2 on the Xbox 360!

    Thanx again!
    Matt Bloodwell
    megaphone

  2. I’m a big fan of megaphone, and really appreciate the candor of this review. Those guys hear a lot of positive feedback, but the best review gems, like this one, provide unbiased opinions and shed light on the talent and integrity of this band. The only thing I can possibly add is…wait until you see them live. Now THAT is a show!!!

  3. Matt, email me so we can rock an interview sometime soon.

    Jenni, I’ll definitely have to check them out live, thanks for stopping by, please come again :)

  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Justin Harlan, Justin Harlan. Justin Harlan said: RT @megaphoneMusic: Thanks to @thepaintedman for the review of Exlt Silent Mode – read it here http://bit.ly/dnCPBh […]

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