Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Etched in Red
Genre: Metal | Hardcore
RIYL: Dying Regret, Alter Ego, Terrorspell, Forever Days Forgotten
Influences: Opeth, Savatage, Children of Bodom, Dying Regret
"The modern metal landscape is saturated with mediocre bands that still hold on to the antiquated notion that playing loud and fast is enough to pique the interest of fans of the genre. Given that, it's immediately refreshing to hear this California five piece giving their listeners some credit. This is structured, intelligent metal done right, ripe with darkly sophisticated lyrics and dual guitar work that forges a harshly complex sound. Sloughing off the riff-riding, straightforward assault that so many bands fall back on, they have instead managed to put together songs that strategically challenge the audience, jutting from hard to heavy, screams to echoes. All of this is achieved without a formulaic vibe, with each song hitting with equal force but from a distinctly different angle. The method is effective, bordering on a song-within-a-song approach that's sure to keep you in suspense, bracing for what is coming next."
-- Derek Silvers, president of CD Baby