Track Review: Obituary – “Violence”

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Obituary has a long history, both with me personally, and in the Death Metal scene in general. They remain one of my favorite bands in the genre, and have proven their competence among their peers and in a scene cluttered and saturated with acts looking to be the next, well…Obituary.

But I would be remiss in not stating Obituary’s spotty track record in terms of releases. If i’m to make comparisons, I feel that the presidency of Bill Clinton is oddly appropriate. Both did things that were spectacular, and both did things that were, to me, more than underwhelming. In terms of overall quality, these two moderate forces sort of occupy a middle ground.

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So excited for my first presidential reference in a review.

Now, I won’t go into politics here, but like good ol’ Bill, when Obituary hits its stride, they hit it out of the park, to say the least, and while the new track “Violence” from the upcoming album, Inked in Blood (released Oct. 27), doesn’t match the gold standard quality hit on albums like Cause of Death or Slowly We Rot, it does come closer than their other recent releases with its raw, Thrashy sound and wild, reckless riffing. Let’s keep this one spinning and hope that, come October 27, Obituary releases a real monster for us to sink our teeth into.

-Andrew Oliver

Track Review: Side FX and Kim Cameron’s “Forever”

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It would seem that Side FX and Kim Cameron are making a habit of defying my expectations this year. In a climate that’s over-saturated with throwaway tracks and artists, Kim and the gang are bringing back the kind of creative and melodic sensibilities that can make pop music so satisfying.

My introduction to Side FX and Kim Cameron came in the form of her summer single “Let’s Fall in Love,” a slick and polished dance track that relished in its colorful synths and lustrous production. This time, however, things have changed, at least a little bit.

“Forever” is still undeniably poppy, as a Cameron track would be, but the focus has shifted to a more bass-heavy texture, one that is not quite organic but certainly more intimate, as this production shifts all the more emphasis to Ms. Cameron’s phenomenal vocals.

By the time the track reached it’s end, I knew I had to play it right over again. The hooks on display here are monstrously catchy and well-executed, suiting the more subdued production masterfully, and just as I’m sure this is going to be among the catchiest songs I listen to this year, I’m also sure that Kim Cameron is one of the greatest pop singers around today – no small claim.

Now, I’m not sure how much my recommendation means to you, but if you’re looking for a new standard in modern pop music, I would direct you, first and foremost, to the work of Side FX and Kim Cameron, especially after hearing their excellent work on “Forever.” -Andrew Oliver

Track Review: Side FX and Kim Cameron’s “Let’s Fall in Love”

When I think of the artists who top the Billboard charts today, my reaction is typically one of indifference at best. With few exceptions, modern pop music very seldom has any surprises to offer listeners anymore, whether it be in terms of innovation, creativity, or, even more subjective, quality.

Thankfully, it seems that “Let’s Fall in Love” is one of those exceptions. Sleek, stylish, and polished almost to the point of sterility, the track becomes immediately reminiscent of the bright synths and sounds of the 80s, but with an undeniably modern injection.

Though, as aesthetically pleasing as the song may be, this says little of the quality of its content, which, thankfully, does not disappoint. “Let’s Fall in Love” is ridiculously catchy, a conduit for soaring melodies and infectious hooks. By turning one eye to the past and the other to the present, Side FX and Kim Cameron have produced a single that is at once lustrous, danceable, and incontestably addictive.

-Andrew Oliver