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Lullwater
Forest For The Trees
Spectra Records
www.lullwatermusic.com


Lullwater make it impossible to pin them down to one music category, traversing smoothly from the thundering guitar rock fumes of "A Forgotten Name" to the rambling country rock chugging of "Whatever Happened" and then sliding into the roving melodic swells of "Low," all from the band's latest release Forest For The Trees. They wield aspects of Breaking Benjamin, Lucero and The Goo Goo Dolls all wrapped up into one. Produced by Asa Leffer of Downtown Athens Recording Company, the 5-track EP shows a hardcore liking for brazen rock, and a melodic timing with mass appeal.

The racing guitar shreds sowed by John and Brett Strickland on "One More Time" are scorching as John's flesh-toned vocals howl and slice through the verses accelerating the momentum of bassist Carter Jones and drummer Nick Thomas along the chorus. It has the electric smolder associated with the tenderizing crunches of metal rockers like Tantric and Days Of The New garnished in Lullwater's own flameworthy snarls, jabs and power chord riffage. They put muscle into rock music's conflagrations like in the defining spiral sequences that ream along "Alive" reinforced by the fierce gusto of Jones' and Thomas' rhythmic beating.

Lullwater's music speaks for itself. They know their way around belting out a genuine country flange just as assuredly as they can axle blazing guitar shreds on memorable licks like in "Low." Their songs focus on the here and now, and cut through any pretenses and facades that camouflage honest, raw emotions. They are a dream team for modern rock fans.

-Susan Frances

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