CD REVIEW: Nostics - Awaken (2012)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Theatrical-Progressive Rock
Sounds Like: Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Metallica
Weakness: Winded Songs, More Vocal Passion and Screams Please
Australia based 5 piece Rock band Nostics just released their debut self titled CD in 2012. The band is recognized for their amazing sound and explosive live performances out on the Warp Tour.
The CD kicks things off with “Broken Down” a slamming rock groove that serves up methodical bass intro, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar driven groove against foreboding vocal delivery. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with “Clarity” a melodic follow-up piece that serves up heartfelt vocal delivery that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Creature” keeps things moving with its melodic guitar ambience, methodical musical build and overall dynamic vocal intensity. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Audioslave with perhaps a dash of Metallica and even Danzig. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven hard rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are amazing, gritty and are deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock to Hard Rock aftertaste here. Conley’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. I also like some of the theatrical production touches on some of the songs. From rocking Prophecy” to dynamic “Take a Chance” to clairvoyant “Galileo” to heartfelt “System” to grooving “Peter Pann” to my personal favorite “Iscarot” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 14 “Take a Chance revamped” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I like the vocal performances but at times I wish Chase would come out of his shell a bit and really let loose thus melting my face with some blood curling emotions and screaming. Overall the vocal delivery comes across as sounding a tad bit sterile and calm. I like vocals that sound more like a caged beast that has just escaped, hungry for blood and cannot be controlled.
This latest release Nostics is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? Eclectic f*&#$%g Rocks that’s what!