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Sonic X - 2007 Thirteen

ALBUM: Thirteen
LABEL: Chavis Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Adam Troy - vocals * Lawrence Falcomer - guitars * Joseph Cumbo - bass * Michael Marquez - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crawl * 02 Wicked * 03 Carried Away * 04 If Only * 05 My Condition * 06 Alive * 07 Seeds Of Thunder * 08 Evident * 09 Shine *10 Disgrace * 11 Breathes * 12 Signs



Another recent signing by Chavis Records is Sonic X, adding to the labels ever expanding roster. These guys have actually been in existence since the late 80's, when they were known as L.A., although coming from Toronto. The band was voted 'Best Toronto Club Band' in 1989 when hard rock was in vogue and things were on the up for the band. Grunge hit of course and the band changed tack, changing their name to Zara White before splitting. Naturally the band are back, now known as the more contemporary Sonic X, and their debut was released on Z Records in 2004. Three years later comes this, the follow up and the band is caught between their hard rock past and the current modern rock sound. Both are mixed, sometimes uneasily, but I suppose you can't please everybody.

The Songs
According to their bio a music industry 'expert' said of Sonic X, 'this band writes hard hitting, yet catching tunes, that are delivered with flawless musicianship'. Hardly the most original words ever written right? Well this is far from the most original music ever recorded as well. Lots of dour one word songtitles, 'Wicked' one of them, an obvious mixture of Zeppelin, Sabbath and every downtuned modern rock act you can think of. 'Carried Away' captures the sound most one time hard rock bands turned to during the grunge years, a dated replica of Pearl Jam and Creed to name a couple, while retaining some riffs from 1989's hard rock climate. It sounds convuluted but believe me it's a perfect description. 'Shine' has an acoustic sound that brings Extreme and Bon Jovi to mind, but 'Disgrace' is ultra modern indeed and sounds like a plethora of songs dominating the farce that is rock radio in 2007. Other original one word tracks include 'Alive', 'Evident', 'Crawl' and 'Breathe', which dates this into the 1995 period automatically. 'Sounds Of Thunder' again pursues a Bon Jovi direction, and this is perhaps taken from the bands L.A. days. Nevertheless there's always some distorted riffing present with melancholy melody lines that remind you what year this is.

In Summary
It wouldn't be fair to say this is an ill conceived mish mash of past and present, but it comes close. Trying to stick to their roots while staying current in the context of what's considered hip these days is what Sonic X are attempting to bridge, but from what I hear they should have gone down the American Angel route and just made a full blown 80's hard rock throwback. Nothing groundbreaking of note here, and try as they might this is sure to join Violent Divine and Snake Eyes Seven somewhere in rock limbo. Sadly this sort of rock just leaves me indifferent with little reason to come back for more.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 16 2016 11:21:16
Guitarist Lawrence Falconer is also part of another Canadian band: Final Frontier, with Rob Moratti and Mladen Haze.
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