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Flitcraft – Our Long Journey to the Middle

Our Long Journey to the Middle
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 05 March 2022, 9:27 AM

  FLITCRAFT is the new project from Australian Hard Rock/Heavy Metal musician Phillip T. King. Last seen on vocals and guitar in 70’s influenced psych-rockers BUTTERFLY, and on vocals in Traditional/Speed metallers GALAXY, King’s new project falls somewhere in between those previous musical adventures. It’s Hard Rock with quirk…traditional Heavy Metal with a twist. The album contains eight tracks.

“Stranger Street” leads off the album. It begins with a riff reminiscent of the 80’s. The vocals are less than impressive, unfortunately. The singer has a decent range, but there is a disconnect between them and the melancholy music. “Memory” isn’t much better, with a mid-tempo riff of trite rhythm guitars and some very thin music from there. Thicken this up with a hefty dose of vocal harmonies and some increased guitar presence, and then we are talking. “Blue Flower” is another mid-tempo song with lamenting leanings. At this point, the vocals are becoming annoying. Please make it stop.

“Bed of Spiders” begins with a decent drum fill but it’s right back to those elementary riffs again with pitchy vocals. There is very little to champion about this music. The title track isn’t ay better. I feel somewhat bad for ripping on the album, but through five tracks, it has a very simple sound without any dynamism or cause for celebration. “Another Drink, Another Serenade” is another uninspired song. If I could tell the band one thing, it would be to add layers into the music…either backing vocals or additional guitar tracks, because it’s as thin as a sheet of paper. “Claustrophobia” is another hopeless song.

“Asleep in the Sand” is seven minutes that I will never get back. It begins with clean guitars and some sad melodies but falls into the trap of earlier songs. This is where I want to be when they album plays. Unfortunately, this album was pretty bad. Phillip has a decent voice, but that early JUDAS PRIEST vibe, without the vocal prowess of course, was fairly deafening, and not in a good way. The music was way to stretched out to apply across the bars and the vocals at times were quite pitchy. There is really nothing to see here.

Songwriting: 2
Musicianship: 3
Memorability: 1
Production: 7

1 Star Rating

1. Stranger Street
2. Memory
3. Blue Flower
4. Bed of Spiders
5. Our Long Journey to the Middle
6. Another Drink, Another Serenade
7. Claustrophobia
8. Asleep in the Sand
Phillip T. King – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass and Special Effects
Jack Phillips (aka Demon Samuels III) – Drums, Percussion and Crayons
Record Label: Independent


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