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Everest
Ownerless
ATO Records
www.everestband.com


The first notes I ever had the chance to hear from the band Everest were soft and subtle. The song was heavy in cymbal slaps, but light on the rock. That, however, was 2008 and a song called "Into Your Soft Heart". Four years later and the band has put out their 3rd full-length and well, it's a rock record.

From the first number "Rapture" you're met with classic Queen-friendly harmonies and warm, low-octave guitar strums. The melody is solid and repetitive giving you enough time to really let the music sink in. A few distorted weens sneak up every once in a while to remind you what genre you're in. With "Never Disappoint" the listener is transported back to a style of rock found popular in the 1980s. Soft reverb echoes each strum around the stereo. And even though the 4:09 is lacking of any vocals, the mixture of extra instruments like the acoustic guitar and [what sounds like] a shaker tell a psychedelic story all their own.

"Hologram" feels like a step between old Everest and new Everest. Attitude-heavy lyrics and a powerful drum base gives off a long-haired, leather pants vibe. But it's the pop-friendly guitar progression that's reminiscent of a younger Everest. The title track finds itself at the end of the album, which is unexpected. Vocals echo through your ears so smooth and silky and while the percussion is obviously king on this track, a very faint ween can still be heard from the background. Something inside you happens after a few minutes listening to this song and then you realize your foot's tapping. The rhythm is good, real good.

It's not uncommon for a band to take a new direction with their music, but it is a nice surprise when they do it as nicely as Everest has.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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