Length Of An Ocean is an album which is as intriguing as it is pleasing, a release which without breaking down new musical doors still plays with and denies expectations with a collection of songs oozing diversity and imagination. Unleashed by Dallas rock band Black Tie Vendetta, the album shifts continually from heavy and thunderous to melodic and seductive, often combining the two for engaging and riotous experiences, and though it does not completely maintain the fiercest fire of a response to its offerings the flames do burn brightly with each magnetic track.
Consisting of vocalist Brandon Callies, guitarists Dustin Morrison and Dustin Baugh, bassist Joe Bandy, and Johnny Sillers on drums, Black Tie Vendetta has over the years forged a strong name and presence across their local scene and further afield. Latest release Length of an Ocean has energised that stature with its invigorating enterprise and sounds, and though it has still not quite found a place in the widest array of ears yet, listening to its deeply satisfying songs you can only feel the promise of the band is close to the fullest awareness, if not for this album for future creativity.
The album explodes into view with the bulging rhythms and rampaging energy of Armed And Ready. Immediately the song is carving up the senses with carnivorous riffs and firmly punching drums whilst the vocals of Callies ride the track with expression and potency. With the infectiousness of a Foo Fighters and the sinews of a Hell Yeah, the track ignites the passions with ease and sets the adrenaline firing for the rest of the album, its uncompromising yet familiar stance a virulent persuasion for release and band.
From the heavy rock charge of the opener the band switch to an alternative rock voice for the following Carries Me Away, though again the bass snarls and rhythms cage with the same intensity and power. The immense force of beats from Sillers and the growling resonance of Bandy’s bass offer intimidation and predatory hunger whilst the heavy duty riffs add their own formidable menace for a stirring and impacting encounter but alongside them the melodic coaxing of the vocals and guitar imagination tempers the onslaught with inviting and inventive caresses. The song continues the impressive start with ease, but things stall slightly with next up Under The Same Sky. The potently crafted song is a melodic ballad with the vocals of Callies emotive and passionate to warm the ear alongside equally impassioned sounds and there is no doubting the quality and appeal of the song, but it does break the charge of the album and feel a little out of place despite its fine voice.
Things are back in swing with the likes of Through A Whisper and In The Eyes, the first another melodic rock song with a core of heavy duty temptation and an aggressive prowl within the resourceful and melodic textures of the song. The additional female vocals bring a sirenesque charm to the warm atmosphere of its quietest moment to further stretch the vision and magnetic lure of the track. The second of the pair again fuses the rugged side of the band with its mesmeric melodic entrapment for a fury of a song with accomplished restraint and barbed hooks as loud as the contemptuous aural tones, the excellent result akin to a cross between Green Day and Sick Puppies.
Alongside the first track another two of the album’s greatest pinnacles come with the hypnotic The Burning Sea and the riotous Caught In A Crowd. The first is another emotive piece of ingenuity, the flaming ambience with a slightly destructive whisper a sweltering embrace to wrap the outstanding vocal display from not only Callies but the re-appearance of the female vocals. Whereas the earlier ballad felt lost amidst the other songs as does in some ways the following Keeps Me There, this stands tall, potent and vibrant, its addition an instinctive instigator to the evolving sound and flavour of the album. It is an excellent and lingering treat which along with many other songs gives rise to anticipation as to how great this band could be. Caught In A Crowd is a punk infused storm of caustic guitar strokes, greedy rhythms, and ferocious energy all led by the again impressive vocals alongside flames of melodic venom and vindictive insistence from the might guitars of Bough and Morrison. An anthem for the passions as well as the voice, the track is another thrilling slab of variety from album and band.
The release closes on the acoustic ballad The Raging Storm, another which is well devised and presented but for personal tastes an anti-climax after what came before. Length Of An Ocean is a very appetising and exciting album overall though and Black Tie Vendetta a band sure to enthral a great many given the chance.
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