Cycles Of Evidence EP Review
Upon hearing the news that Klasside were once again returning to the recording studio, I was already itching to hear the results. To say I was pleased with what I heard would be the understatement of the century!
Introductory track ‘Avalanche’ wastes no time in hitting the listener hard. Pounding drums and crushing guitar riffs bash through the mix before stripping down to reveal the gravely and grungey melodies of vocalist Chris Gilliver. He possesses energy and tone reminiscent of Chris Cornell and along with rap sections like that of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against The Machine, himself and his bandmates seamlessly put the heavyweights to shame. During my first listen I already found myself singing along to the chorus and shouting the word “Yeah!” an awful lot! An infectiously groovy and energy filled theme is starting to develop, and we are only on track one!
Track two sees us witness the genius that is ‘Feedback’. Along with it’s predecessor, it is a fast paced rock masterpiece that again hits you hard! Jam packed full of riffs and shattering drum beats, provided by back line Neil Dodd (Guitar), Simon Evans (Guitar), Alec Brunson (Bass) and Connor Lamb (Drums), this track is one to jump around to.
‘U Know Me’ is most definitely the deep breathe before the plunge! We are provided with a moment to compose ourselves before once again diving into riff heaven. Upon listening to this song I cannot help but recall Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’, its laid back yet energetic persona is very similar, and that is no bad thing. My favourite part of this song however comes towards the end, Gilliver gives us a stunning vocal performance proclaiming “You know me” whilst an intisingly wonderful riff plays in the background. This track is one for the musicians and music lovers alike.
Unfortunately this four track wonder of an EP is coming to an end. The final track ‘I Wanna Be U’ gives us the wave goodbye to Cycles Of Evidence but not before kicking us hard in the private parts! Alec Brunson provides a bass line like that of Queens Of The Stone Age’s “No One Knows” while guitarists Dodd and Evans solo and shred hard over the top, but not before Lamb strikes down hard on the skin of the drums and all the while Gilliver’s vocals are still soaring!
Although not usually my preferred style of music, COE is flawless from start to finish and has since been on repeat on my laptop… a lot! Cycles Of Evidence is nothing less than an adrenaline fuelled roller coaster ride that will leave you shaking in your socks because your boots have been blown off! An incredible effort from this West Midlands quintet.
Rating 10 out of 10
For fans of: Soundgarden, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.
Track Listing: 1. Avalanche 2. Feedback 3. U Know Me 4. I Wanna Be U
Review by Adam Lavender