FIGHTCAST – Siamesian

FIGHTCAST - Siamesian

FIGHTCAST – Siamesian

Metal fan? Try “The Good Tyrant,” the tenth track on Siamesian. The riffs on this song are mature, the leads are shameless, the vocals don’t grate, and the rhythm punches. I think this is the best offering on FIGHTCAST’s new full-length. Sadly, most of the album only sounds half as good.

On Siamesian, this inconsistent Italian band often delivers the Drowning Pool-type metal you expect from an army recruiting commercial or your nu metal, new rock alternative terrestrial radio station. A weird, wonderful thing about music is that an artist can sound retro or cutting edge, experimental or classic; he can push boundaries or revive traditions. But whatever he does, he best not sound dated, as Siamesian often does. For example, listen to “Susperia,” where the chunk-a-chunk guitar over the bass leads in the verse was once an aggressive hip hop-informed sound. Now it just sounds like old Korn.

This isn’t a bad album. It just isn’t one that needs to be noticed, either.

Besides “The Good Tyrant,” the album has one other bright spot, “Velvet Nails.” This richly guitar-textured sizzler has legitimate hooks. The low center of gravity in the rhythm is a good contrast to the choppy, skipping riffs creasing through the rest of album.

FIGHTCAST don’t strike me as a band willing to take chances. Having last put out a full-length in 2008, it’s also not a productive operation. Maybe during the next six years, FIGHTCAST will find a new rhythm.

Background Notes

FIGHTCAST formed in Cesena, Italy, in 2004. Early on, it opened for bands like Caliban, The Agony Scene, Extrema, and Linea 77. FIGHTCAST’s first full-length album was Breeding a Divinity, after which the band signed a record deal with the Italian label, Kolony Records.