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Crysknife - Disbelieve (7/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 16:37
Band homepage: Crysknife

Tracklist:

  1. Disbelieve
  2. Blast Furnace >mp3
  3. Inviolate
Crysknife - Disbelieve
Though poor sound quality and low production costs have become the norm for underground bands when the time comes to record a demo, the American's known as CRYSKNIFE (brothers Steve and Tom Campitelli) thankfully do not allow themselves to become a part of this trend. Instead, these brothers deliver their third demo, 2002's "Disbelieve", a surprisingly well produced, enjoyable, yet not entirely original sounding work of Melodic Hard Rock with hints of traditional Heavy Metal thrown in for good measure. As the opening riff to the title track gets things underway, it becomes apparent that these boys are all about groove, as the riff in question will undoubtedly get stuck in your head in no time. Though quite noticeably rooted in Hard Rock, CRYSKNIFE succeed in preventing themselves from sounding stale by allowing the guitars (which have a nice crunch to them) to take a commanding role throughout the demo, with the vocals never being far behind. Though most bands would likely play it safe and merely let the guitars carry the songs, CRYSKNIFE round off their sound with a welcome amount of enjoyable, 70s sounding keyboard work reminiscent of bands such as DEEP PURPLE, which thankfully prevents the songs from ever stagnating. Used throughout the demo, nowhere does the keyboard work bring more to a song than in the closing track "Inviolate", my personal favourite. With "Disbelieve", CRYSKNIFE have proven that they know how to properly write and record songs, however, I still believe that there remains a considerable amount of room for improvement. The ideas and ability are there, now it's just a matter of taking that next step. (Online February 8, 2004)

Nathanaël Larochette



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