KABANG’s debut the punchy, kerosene fuelled riff monster ‘’Equilibrium’’ is a competent starter for a band keen to impress with their first release. Although this is a foot stomping, heavy crunching guitars and thudding bass introduction for the most part there’s a good melodic catchy appeal across songs like ‘’Stress Me Out’’ that echo influences from say CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, MACHINE HEAD, PANTERA and more Grunge oriented bands like NIRVANA and SOUND GARDEN; indeed vocalist and bassist Rob Dexter is a major plus factor with his robust, throaty bellow that at times reminds of Phil Anselmo in softer mood.
Although no where near as destructive as MACHINE HEAD or PANTERA KABANG offer a hefty weight of American Alternative Rock and Metal. They can’t be classed a pure Metal but at the same time not purely Alt Rock. They straddle the line very well and with up beat anthems such as ‘’Equlibrium’’ and ‘’The Mirror’’ this seven tracker isn’t going to change the world but does more than enough to keep you interested. (Online September 26, 2005)