EP REVIEW: No Blitz - Never Satisfied
By Cyrus Rhodes - 04/18/2012 - 12:33 PM EDT
Artist: Band: No Blitz
Album: Never Satisfied (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Incubus, Chevelle, Filter
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Unreal, My Life
Weakness: Dated Mix. Winded Songs
Northern Virginia based 4 piece band “No Blitz” just released their latest EP entitled Never Satisfied in 2011. Band members include Ryan Wogh (lead vocals, guitar), James Cichra (guitar), Dan Horner (bass) and Shane Steenberge (drums). No blitz is no stranger to the music business having opened up for Fuel and The Parlor Mob and is known for their live performances around the greater D.C. area.
The EP kicks things off into high gear with “Unreal” a grinding guitar groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed harmonies from lead singer Wogh. Track 2 “My Life” serves up another solid low end groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive vocal emotions from Wogh. Track 3 my personal favorite “Aim to Please’ shifts gears with its slithering musical intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the EP unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Incubus, Chevelle, and Filter. Right from the start you will notice Wogh and company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw hard indie rock feel to it, and the songwritting is world class. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing and a few mesmerizing solos. Wogh’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. The EP ends with Track 12 “Exception to the Rule” the prefect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
There’s something odd going on with the mix. Overall it’s a bit amateurish when compared to other world class rock mixes within this genera. Many of the guitar segments are pushed way down in the sonic space and as a result are buried. If it was 1991 this would be a cutting edge musical production, however it’s 2012 so the bar is set really high for bands like “No Blitz.” All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I also typically take off 1 star for EP releases as the full length release is a more complete picture of what a band is capable of.
In close Never Satisfied by No Blitz is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and powerful – and will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. Almost as if you were jumping out of an airplane.
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