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RSJ - Reflections In B Minor (5/10) - Great Britain - 2005

Genre: Metalcore
Label: Casket Music
Playing time: 49:24
Band homepage: RSJ

Tracklist:

  1. It’s Gone Too Far To Turn Back Now
  2. Blood And Sand
  3. Dredger >mp3
  4. Structure 7/4
  5. Delusions Of Popularity >mp3
  6. Dystonia
  7. Skylines >mp3
  8. A Theme For Murder
  9. .-…..---
  10. 2 3 6 1 2
  11. Gein >mp3
  12. Progression Through Regression
RSJ - Reflections In B Minor

Contrary to what the title might suggest this is no Classical music here. Frankly it’s hard to imagine something further away from Classical. Some other song titles also prove that RSJ take music structures very serious (“Structure 7/4” and “.-…..---“), not quite the everyday titles. What the Britons do play is extremely intense and heavy Metalcore, almost bordering on Noise at times but adding some Death Metal influences as well.

 

Every song contains a wall of ferocious staccato riffing supported by a very tight and heavy rhythm section. Especially drummer Rich Hardy is a master at his craft with his mighty blasts; he also sometimes adds some much needed creativity to the music with some well thought patterns. The thing that keeps me from liking this record however is the lack of variety. 50 minutes of sheer aggression and anger in the same fashion is a little too much for me and also the vocals which are absolutely not my thing… Dan C puts all his heart and soul into sounding extremely angered in many ways, mainly with an intense scream but also with growls and short clean shouts, the latter rather annoys me although it does fit the style. These 3 styles of singing are used in every song which creates the well known one-man duet style.

 

I can certainly appreciate their effort and at times when they play an ultra heavy riff with blasting drums and the bass flowing behind it, it can be great, but not for too long which is the case with the album. The few melodic breaks they have can’t compensate for that. Regardless of that I do think there are many people who think of this as brilliant, probably even better in a live setting. The fact that they can play stands beyond any doubt; for me it’s a bit too much of the same. People looking for ultra intensity and particularly mad vocals should check it out for sure. (Online December 26, 2005)

Milan Elkerbout



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