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25 YARD SCREAMER Blacklight Promo (2006)

25 Yard Screamer

One of the real pleasures of reviewing for GRTR! is encouraging new talent. My review for 25YS's second album was, however, less than complimentary: the whole thing was let down by poor production qualities.

Thankfully, guitarist/vocalist Nick James and co. (Matt Clarke, bass, and Donal Owen, drums) are (a) thick-skinned (b) receptive to criticism.

They have taken on board those comments (I am sure I was not alone) and fashioned something quite different and exciting.

Sound quality is vastly improved, there is a chance for James' guitar to shine through but, most of all, these lads from South Wales have dared to produce a mini-prog epic as a taster for the next album.

Replete with added effects, such as the playground activity at the start and end of the piece, 'Blacklight' takes the listener on a 'life-journey' and I can believe Nick when he says that it has taken the band 18 months to develop.

At times recalling prog-metal heroes Rush and Hawkwind, and the vocal styling of Steve Hogarth (with the ambience of Marillion's 'Brave'), I am sure 25YS's music will appeal to fans of all those bands. There's a wonderful riffy opening, too.

It may be a labour of love, but those 18 months have seen 25YS develop into a band of real depth and, handling production duties themselves, it can now only be onward and upward.


Review by David Randall

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© 2006 25 Yard Screamer. All rights reserved.

Rising Stars

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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