MOTIVE, hailing from Phoenix, AZ, formed in 1999. They have found local success and even toured with well-known bands, such as MACHINE HEAD and TESTAMENT. Although they have released a few albums, they recently put out a self-titled demo, looking to expand their success.
The first thing you will notice is the horrible production on the album, the drums are too loud and the guitars are lost in the vocals and prominent drums. Next, the vocals, they vary, but include mostly Death Metal styling.
Although their influences are straight-up Thrash, they were not as Thrashy as I was expecting. If this was a Thrash album, I would have expected more guitar solos, for sure (although there were a couple, they lacked technicality and substance). Parts of the album were so amateur they almost sounded cheesy (listen to “Substance Abuse”).
MOTIVE isn’t a band to simply forget about, they clearly have talent; it just needs to be refined. I think they also need to find a niche in their music and stick with it, they lack definition in each song and in the album as a whole. However, while listening to the album, I kept thinking they would be great to see live. I have a feeling their music just was not captured well on this shoddily produced album.
(Online January 11, 2009)