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Evolve

Review by Gary Hill

If you were to combine Pearl Jam with DOA you might come up with something really close to the sound of this album. There is a great range of sounds here. There is plenty of variety to keep it interesting. These guys know how to construct a solid song, too. All in all, if you dig your rock a bit on the rough around the edges, this will be just about the perfect ticket for you.

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Track by Track Review
Ride
A crunchy jam brings this into being. It's part punk, part alternative rock and part metal. This is sort of like a singer/songwriter cut pumped up in intensity and ferocity.
All I Am
Now, this is more of a straight-out raunch and roller. It's kicked up and meaty. I love the riff driving it. The whole tune rocks. There is a bit of a rap element on the choruses. Parts seem a bit punky, too.
Savior
This is fierce and furious raunch and roll. It seriously rocks.
All Is The Same

Landing very much in a mainstream rock zone, this has a lot of that singer/songwriter vibe. Yet there are definite punk and alternative rock elements at play, too.

Sign
This screaming hot stomper is very much a punk rock styled cut. It makes me think of DOA quite a bit.
Reclaim
Now this makes me think of Pearl Jam quite a bit. It's still got plenty of that punky hard rocking edge to it, too. It's a cool number on a disc with a lot of solid music built into it. The string sounds are an interesting touch on the balladic drop back movement.
Innocent
I dig this stomper a lot. It has a lot of punk rock built into it. Yet the mellower, more melodic sections are just so cool. This has a lot of skate punk sound in the mix. It's a smoking hot rocker that might be my favorite cut of the disc. The bridge with the spoken dialog (is that from a movie or something?) is a cool touch.
Flush
An insistent riff opens this. The cut drops back to a rap metal styled sound from there. In fact, this cut has a lot of that rap metal element at play. This is a fierce rocker that brings some variety to the table.
Hold or Break

Picked guitar starts this. As the vocals join, this is another cut that makes me think of Pearl Jam.

One Life
DOA is a valid comparison point on this number. It's another winner, but not a standout.
Resurrection
Now, this is a big change. It comes in with an almost funky edge. It works out to a rather melodic alternative rocker that's classy. I can hear some of that Pearl Jam thing on this cut.
Inside Of Me
This cut has a great balance between mellower and harder rocking stuff. It's another that calls to mind Pearl Jam quite a bit. It's a solid rocker with a good vibe and energy.
 
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