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Montazh - 1995 Reach

ARTIST: Montazh
ALBUM: Reach
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Brian Grooms - lead vocals, guitar * Jason Cate lead guitar, vocals * Scott Kline - bass * Nathan Grooms - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dirty Attraction * 02 Don't Know * 03 Forever Love * 04 2 Way Street * 05 Don't Play Me * 06 One More Try * 07 Cry Me A River * 08 At Your Convenience * 09 Bridget's Song * 10 Everyday * 11 For You * 12 Lady Go Home

Montazh were a West Michigan melodic hard rock band based out of Grand Rapids, who poked their heads out onto the mid 90's hard rock scene. An independent release, 'Reach' is staggeringly good for its quality, a hard rock slab with a major label sound. Formed around the brothers Brian and Nathan Grooms, Montazh should appeal to those into melodic hair metal. Despite this album not reaching the public until 1995, Montazh were not unique in that many of their contemporaries had similarly resorted to self financed and self-released CD's, mainly because major labels were pre-occupied with grunge, and technology had gotten to a point where self-produced albums were much easier to create than before. Sound wise, Montazh conjure up images of Sure Conviction and 9.0, with guitarist Jason Cate the star of the show.

The Songs
Montazh deliver 12 tracks of hard rock excellence, with variations in style, tempo and structure. There are a few slower more balladic songs onboard. These include: 'Forever Love', 'One More Try', 'Bridgets Song' and 'For You'. You might think that four ballady tracks is too much, and you might be right, but it's the harder rockin' fare that is more interest. Opener 'Dirty Attraction' flies in the face of some furious riffing from Cate, as does as the immense hair metal romp of 'Everyday', with its Whitesnake meets Anthem swagger. Whereas '2 Way Street' has an 80's feel to it, 'Don't Play Me' is a definite 90's belter, with big ironclad riffs that were part and parcel of the scene at that point in time. The track that appears to differ most is 'At Your Convenience', with a trippy 60's meets modern pop sound, akin to Ken Mary's 90's band Soul Shock Remedy.

In Summary
The Grooms brothers moved onto a new outfit in 1999 called FLEDfive, who are very much a going concern, but their music has now moved into the nu-metal realm with references to Godsmack, Sevendust and Nickelback. Because of their personal circumstances (full time jobs, families etc), FLEDfive are yet to sign with a major label, but judging from the talent we've heard on their Myspace page, plus of course the material on 'Reach', you seriously have to wonder 'why not?'

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