Um, yeah. Signals of Bedlam? In a perfect universe, this band will become huge stars. Their earlier work demonstrated that this New York City ensemble was one to keep an eye on. But, with the release of their latest, Escaping Velocity, it’s pretty apparent that the world needs to sit up and take notice of them. Buy their albums, and go see them play fucking live.
Sounding like the offspring of Tool and The Mars Volta, Signals of Bedlam have easily put out a record that clicks on all cylinders. Vocalist Cero Cartera is as talented and mesmerizing a singer as Maynard James Keenan. (Do yourself a favor and check out “Piece of Us,” particularly at minute 1:43. It is pure beauty.) Guitarist Tom Hoy is the perfect foil for Cartera, and the rhythm section of Rich Abidor on drums and bassist Chika Obiora are as adept at laying down lush, solid foundations as they are at explosive blast beats. I can honestly say I have found a new favorite bass player in Obiora. She plays with that thumb-slap style that is usually associated with funk bands. So, for me, it gives their style a certain organic groove rarely heard in hard rock or metal.
Escaping Velocity. My hand to God, there is not a single weak track on this record. Hell, don’t tell Brother Jamie Lee (managing editor of SnB), but instead of listening to the stack of new releases I have in my in box, I’ve been pretty much listening to this and their earlier albums the last few days. And this is one of those times I’d love to give them a six out of five rating.
Escaping Velocity is independently released and out now. Buy it here!
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