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Born of the Storm: Demo Tracks

The second I log onto Facebook, my news feed floods the screen, and I am greeted with a Blabbermouth article (a website I don’t frequent for various reasons) that is talking about a new band that formed called Born of the Storm. The project features Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber and DevilDriver, as well as Lamb of God‘s guitarist, Mark Morton. As a fan of Dez’s work, and most of Mark’s, I took immediate interest in the band, and was pleased to see that two demo tracks, “Nowhere Fast” and “Dust,” were both made available as free to download demo recordings. The article also mentions that the drumming is by Kavin Talley (Six Feet Under and Chimaira among others), and that Ryan Lake of Alabama Thunderpussy makes a guest appearance on “Nowhere Fast” with a guitar solo. The more I read, the more my intrigue grows. Ignoring the rest of the story, I grabbed the two songs and let ’em ride!

In a recent tweet from Mark (also mentioned in the article), some influences had been mentioned including Soundgarden and Trouble, and both were immediately present on the first song, “Nowhere Fast.” I also picked up on a bit of Alice in Chains in the mix, and my fiancee pointed out it came across more like Down to her, which I can see. The Southern touch to the music worked well with the track. The first guitar solo was very short but still kinda sweet, and the latter was a little more extensive and rounded out the whole thing well enough. The chords had a Lamb of God groove that was hard to miss, and was something I really expected to hear, and was thankful for since it added a little more of a unique touch to the final product. However, the clean singing did catch me off guard, being very different to what any fan of Dez’s previous work would expect. While I enjoyed this experience for what it was, I clearly wasn’t too moved by it, largely because I felt like I heard it all before by a slew of other bands.

Unfortunately the same thing happened with “Dust.” The song was slower, pushing the Doom Metal aspect a little further, and leaving behind the Lamb of God-style Groove to the riffs. This broke my heart since, without it, the music just came off a lot more generic. Once again it wasn’t that bad for what it was, and I could see it relaxing me with it’s tempo and more laid back atmosphere, but only if I wasn’t infuriated with the unoriginal output of the group, as well as the lack of the Southern atmosphere. I also found the clean singing a little hatd to handle, as it was good during the enthusiastic passages, but most of the time when it was a lower, softer approach, it sounded bland and pointless.

Honestly, I didn’t like these all that much. It’s not because the music is bad though. I enjoyed both for what they were, demo quality taken into consideration of course. “Nowhere Fast” offered a more unique sound, whereas the other two feel like every third song on my local Rock radio station’s play list. There isn’t anything all that new or fresh on here, and in fact just feels more like recycled Hard Rock from the early nineties. Maybe it’s the fact that the area I live in is fixated on this sound, forcing bands like Dawn, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and countless others that share this exact same sound down my throat on a damn near daily basis, making me absolutely sick to death of the same damn thing over and over again, but I simply did not want to hear anything else, nor do I. I wish Born of the Storm the best of luck, but I definitely have no intentions whatsoever of supporting this group. Sorry, guys.

Article based on public demo recordings provided by Born of the Storm.