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I:Scintilla
The Approach
(self-released)
www.iscintilla.com


I try to look past that it's a female singer, and try to give it a fair chance. I have to, right? Ok. That's cool. Wait, this isn't Gravity Kills with a new lead singer? Ok. That's cool too. Calm down, I'm not hating on Gravity Kills, I did like them a great deal… However, I:Scintilla's new release The Approach did first remind me of the late 1990's early 2000's predecessors of what I like to call "whine rock." Not too shabby of a start though, the first track "Intro" is a good lead in to their hard hitting grinding "Imitation," (although, an imitation of someone else's group altogether…. OK, I'll stop… Promise.)

Although some of the tracks are very well put together, I can only stand so much of the lyrics. The music is very driven, and needs to stand out more, I should say. Brittany Bindrim's vocals are very strong and should have some focus, but on most of these tracks, it IS the focus. It almost completely covers up the efforts of her supporting band mates.

But then again, like I said, I liked the band whom they resemble, and these guys (and gal) deserve big recognition for their work. They really pull off a good strong sense of style and keep up the pace through out the entire CD. Their last track "The Bells," is a true taste of their whole styling all in one song…I should hope to see more of this in any of their upcoming releases; more music, more melody, and not so much focus on just one band mate!

Over all a good piece to listen too, but all silver needs some polish from time to time!

-Spyder

Track Listing:

01: Intro
02. imitation
03. logic + the lack thereof
04. capsella bursa pastoris
05. fidelidad [estrogen remix]
06. scin
07. translate
08. havestar
09. the intruder, part iv
10. the bells


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