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22.07.07
Of Quiet Walls
Of Quiet Walls
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My band used to have five members and it was already a big hassle to schedule rehearsals and find days where everyone had time. Of Quiet Walls are seven people. How in hell do they manage rehearsing and touring? Well obviously they did find time to rehearse and even to record a cd with seven songs.

I like the neo-Dadaist title and the artwork looks good, too. Their promo agency got the same name as one of my favourite record stores in Berlin: Ghost Town. But the promo agency resides in Finsterwalde not FriedrichshainÖ Anyway. Positive associations in my head --> good first impression.

Unfortunately I donít like the music as much as I like title and artwork. That doesnít mean itís bad. Itís just absolutely not my style. Normally I donít get closer than a hundred meters to every place where metalcore or ďemotional hardcore with a metal edgeĒ might be played. Not the best base when a band is playing exactly this style of music. But I see that they did solid work. I donít want to trash the cd immediately. I even listened to it more than once and for the whole playing time. This is already something. The good artwork might have helped here.

The clean vocals are better than with most other bands in this style. They donít even need stupid sound effects for not sounding like shit. The shouts and growls donít sound too fake and out of place, either. The sound is clear and good. They got some good guitar leads and a few quite well placed rhythmic breaks. Not too bad. After all they are at least a demographic phenomenon. Only one out of seven members got a name that doesnít end with an r and they even got an Erik Müller and an Eric Müer. Coincidence or a well calculated plan to impress statistics nerds like me? If names like From Autumn To Ashes or Thrice donít make you puke immediately this band might be worth a try.  [jan]

www.ofquietwalls.com

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