Of Flannel and Stage Diving

Nov. 23, 2016


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The Pitch: French trio Sycomore plays a combination of grungy alternative and metal on their new (name your price) album, Phantom Wax.

What I Like:  Much like classic 90's metal/rock tightrope walkers a la Helmet, the music is simple yet effective.  Hooks are based on infectious grooves that are certain to get the head bobbing and the angsty rebellion boiling.  This band also gets quite a bit heavier than their peers at times with harsher vocals to offset the more harcore-sounding ones.

What I Don't Like: There are some segments that go for a more tremolo-blastbeat approach, and I'm not sure how well it works.  I like that these guys vary up their sound, but this is just not one that seems to be additive.

The Verdict: If you like stuff like Quicksand, do yourself a favor and check out Sycomore.  Put on the old flannel shirt, dust off the nihilistic attitude, do some stage-diving.

Flight's Fav's: "Miner forty-niner," "Bluestone's Phantom," "Manticore"