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by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 27 November 2017, 7:30 AM

NUMB’s self-titled debut album is a solid rocker that burns from beginning to end.  Their sound is unique, combining elements of hard rock, metal, groove, punk, and even some country twang in the form Lee Rayner’s vocals.  The music is riff after riff and runs the gauntlet to a more modern hard rock to southern friend metal. The opening track, “Common Love,” begins with a frenzied groove, one that you can’t help but appreciate for the unrelenting force it contains.  Lee’s vocals are a style all their own and he really adds a lot of personality to the music.  He is a much needed dimension because the songs do tend to blend together about halfway through the album.  For a few songs at a time this album kills but I would be hard pressed to listen to it all the way at once.  Three of the tracks are over six minutes in length, a time length for a band of this nature that is totally unnecessary.  Case in point, “The Tears You Cry,” has boring intro for nearly a minute.  Around the 4:43 mark the song gets a bit messy with filtered voices and repetition of what came before for the ending.  It isn’t a bad song by any means but there is some fat needs to be trimmed.

Love of the Cartel (part 1 – the Sand)” would had been better served to end at the give minute mark instead of giving us almost two minutes of cricket noises and clean guitar that doesn’t really go anywhere.  I get they probably wanted to improve the very “sameness” to the songs I complained about earlier but it just comes off as a bit messy and convoluted. The band is at their best when they are focused on tight songs that don’t try to add in every little extra element.  “War,” is such a moment.  It has simple but effective riffs, a great beat, soaring chorus, excellent vocal harmonies, and a mid-section that hammers hard.  Byron’s bass lines are a highlight of the track and the drums compliment the whole package.

Time,” begins with a fast furious attack on the guitar that hangs back a bit in the stanza to let the vocals and drums get their time in the spotlight.  The guitar finds its way back to the song as the chorus gets going with a huge riff and fast paced snare attacks. This a good record by a band with crazy talent, especially when you consider this is just their first release.  If they can figure out how to differentiate their songs without adding too much inside, I think they could be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Common Love
2. Love of the Cartel, pt. 2
3. Everyman Deserves the Right to Choose His Own Path to Hell
4. Time
5. The Tears You Cry
6. Love of the Cartel, Pt. 1 Sand
7. War
8. Burn
Lee Rayner  - Vocals
Darren Caven-Quantrill - Guitars
Byron - Bass
Damo Falkowski - Drums
Record Label: Attic Records


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