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Charetta

A Nation Distracted

Review by Gary Hill

The newest release from Charetta is an EP that really rocks. It seems like the whole infatuation with female fronted metal bands might be winding down. Charetta should do OK, though, because it was never a gimmick with them. They always had their own unique sound and that continues here. While there aren’t huge variants from song to song, this remains tasty metal that leans towards more melodic at times. This band proves they can still deliver with style.

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Track by Track Review
Intro

Here we have a short introductory section that’s textural and pretty. It’s got some vocals in the mix, but is just a little over half a minute in length. It literally serves as the intro to the set and the first track.

Distraction
They pound in heavy and very tasty. The cut grinds and twists. It’s a mid-tempo metal jam that’s very tasty.

Lights Out
The riff that drives this has more energy than the previous track. There’s a lot of style and power to this one. It has both heavier sections and some that lean more towards melodic sounds.
Fighting Blind
Although this comes in very heavy, it drops back to a more stripped down arrangement for the verses. They do a nice job of alternating between those two sounds as they continue. It’s quite an intriguing number that has a lot of style and character.
Bully
There’s not a lot of change in terms of general stylings, but this is one of the coolest cuts of the set. It’s a great tune and an excellent way to end things.
 
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