- Self titled CD
The 1923 Record Company 1998
#: 86626 10282
Wanting it All
All of Them
Let it bleed
Those who say you
can't mix the hard rock of the 80's with the alternative sound of the 90's
obviously have never heard the Connecticut band Splice.
The self titled CD
Splice is the second release for the band. The heavy Judas Priest
guitar riff that opens the first song door, caught my attention. A steady
rocker that is an easy choice for a single. The guitars lend a distorted
tone to Lead vocalist Ryan Healey additive singsong vocal style. His voice
on this track is reminiscent of Tracy Guns Famous pipes. The song has a
steady beat, a great melody, nice guitar tone, and of course great vocals.
The second song that
caught my attention was Way. After hearing the the first two hard rockin
tunes on the CD, this pop meets the mellower side of alternative song caught
me by surprise, but then again, the band got their name from their ability
to splice different musical genres together. After listening to this track
a couple of times, it easily became on of my favorites on the CD. The clean
guitars, mixed with distortion were complemented by the keyboards. Ryan's
vocals were strong here as well. But on this track as well the rest of
the CD, Healeys vocals sounded closer to Shannon from Blind Melons opposed
to Traci Guns.
Overall the musicianship
is great on this disk, the more I listen to this Cd the more people I can
think to compare Ryan's vocal sound to, there is no shoe-in here, while
reminiscent of several other vocalist Healeys vocals are wholly original.
They really shine on songs like Door, wanted it all, and Way. Brian
and Drew's guitar chops were excellent proving they have a broad scope
of musical knowledge, and not being afraid to mix different guitar styles
into their riffs. Keyboardist Russell Foley lent tone to the CD not falling
into the practice of overkill that can be found with most Keyboardist.
Drummer Christapher Cortigiano kept the bottom of Splice's sound interesting
with the aid of Bassist Tyler Nevins.
To try and label
this bands style would be a hard task, they combine the best of a lot of
different genres, the alternative and hard rock influences are most prevalent,
so Splice is a good bet for fans of either genre. Their sound should
appeal to those interested in the heavier side of Pop and AOR.
Splice is a first
Class Sophomore effort from the boys from New England, expect great things
for these guys in the future.
the Rock n World Artist page for Splice