Sunday 4 June 2017

Between The Lines - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: April 12th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Between The Lines – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Rumour 06:54
2.All Free 04:27
3.Sands Of Time 06:59
4.For Your Sanity 07:55
5.Southern Steel 07:06
6.Shellshock 03:37
7.Sleep 09:58

Band Members:

Mac - Lead Vocals
Albert - Guitar
Conor - Guitar / Vocals
Eoghan - Bass
Adrian - Drums


Irish Progressive Dark Grunge Rockers – Between The Lines – create a fine line between dark atmospheric rock and moments of soulful Stoner Rock/Metal with hints of Doom appearing here and there. The band are influenced by bands such as Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Mac's vocals are reminiscent of the classic vocalists from the legendary grunge scene. He has such a dynamic vocal presence that gives their debut album a sombre and haunting effect.

Opening track – Rumour – is a not so subtle take on all things Grunge as the band add elements of Progressive Rock and doom based sounds. There are traces of Stoner Rock/Metal that can be heard in the background but mostly the band opt for a dark progressive take on the classic grunge sound. The lyrics have quite an emotional feel to them and that only adds to the gloomy atmosphere the band create throughout the album.

Second track – All Free – sees the band play a heavier grunge sound than the opening track with the guitars delivering a more progressive rock style opus. The sound drifts from grunge to prog rock and then to more doomier elements.

The next 3 songs – Sands Of Time, For Your Sanity and Southern Steel sees Between The Lines expand their sound even further with the band focusing on their Progressive Rock/Metal influences and creating perhaps the most exciting parts of the album. Especially on For Your Sanity and Southern Steel.

Between The Lines throw everything at you here. It's good to see that these 3 songs all have a distinctive feel to them. The sound can be quite experimental at times and that may put some people off. Though I urge you to stay the course, as you'll be treated to some epic moments that will last long in the memory.

The final two tracks Shellshock and Sleep bring this epic and deeply meaningful album to a close. The final track – Sleep is another highlight with Between The Lines flexing their musical talents yet again for another round of their dynamic Grunge/Dark Rock hybrid sound. The lyrics are highly emotional and it shows you that Between The Lines have an air of intelligence around them.

Between The Lines debut album is a richly rewarding and emotional experience. If you're a fan of Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and even bands such as Katatonia then this is the album for you.

Words by Steve Howe


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