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LIFE & DEATH

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Sometimes you hear a band, you can define their intention from the second you hear them. For some, you know they are looking to make as large a statement against anything mainstream as they can. For others, you can just sense the desire for radio airplay and mainstream success. With Blowsight, there's very little doubt that this band is looking for airplay. While that's not my hot point, there's definitely no denying that what they are doing can work if the right ears hear this. Listening to LIFE & DEATH, you can't help but hear this mixed into modern rock radio playlists.

On LIFE & DEATH, there's a lot of modern influence here. The music has a clear active rock definition (think Nickelback meets Black Veil Brides), and yet has a touch of punk influence in it to keep it from being as stale as the two bands just referenced. The Nickelback reference is clear from listening to the lead vocals of Nik Red. Hearing him sing on songs like "The Sun Behind The Rain", you can't help but notice at times where he sounds like Chad Kroeger. Still, there are other times when he reminds a lot of Andy Biersack of BVB. Red is the defining sound of Blowsight. His voice powers songs like "Through These Eyes", and ultimately will be the deciding factor of if you like or hate this band.

That's not to say that the rest of the band is bad. Not at all, actually. Seb splits time on guitar with Red, and the two both perform solidly and with a lot of modern rock discipline. They don't overplay, but their performances are not so clean that you feel like there's unnecessary polish on the music. Bassist Mao and drummer Fabz are solid as well, even though they don't really stand out greatly on any of the songs. Blowsight get additional credit for being masterfully mixed and mastered, which gives LIFE & DEATH an unbelievably dynamic sound on their recording.

PITRIFF RATING - 73/100 - If you love the music that's played on active rock radio, then you will probably give this a bit higher marks than I do. That said though, there's no denying that Blowsight could do really well on commercial radio with any kind of push at all. LIFE & DEATH is a solid effort from a band that could easily break onto a bigger playing field.

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