Beware of Darkness
Orthodox


3.0
good

Review

by Green Baron USER (159 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Baby girl, I wanna hear you howl.

With their 2013 debut album Orthodox, Beware of Darkness come out swinging with their raucous style of blues and garage-influenced alternative rock. Wearing their influences on their sleeve, the Santa Barbara-based trio let it all out with their fiery first album. The Zeppelin-esque riffs and boisterous chorus of lead single “Howl” bring to mind The White Stripes, specifically “Icky Thump”. Frontman Kyle Nicolades’ vocals are filled with swagger, oozing with a seductive quality on up-tempo rockers like the debauchery-soaked “Sweet Girl” and “Heart Attack”.

Although the second half of Orthodox is much more slower-paced than the first, it’s just as great. Album highlight “All Who Remain” is the most emotional cut on the record, and one of the best. The pain and agony in Nicolades’ usually upbeat vocals do show off a deeper side to him that is rarely seen on the album. If anything, Orthodox’s second half features too many ballads placed too close to each other, which causes it to feel more repetitive due to the tracklisting. The Queen-tinged “Morning Tea” and piano-laden “Life on Earth"” stand out amongst the rest, although there are some rockers such as “My Planet is Dead” that remind listeners of their faster side. Overall, Beware of Darkness are a promising young indie rock band who wear their 60s influences proudly on their sleeve, even if they can be a little bland at times, and their second album will definitely be one of interest.



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Green Baron
August 1st 2014


24345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Trebor review time!

tommygun
August 2nd 2014


26839 Comments


treb revs suck

Crawl
August 2nd 2014


2545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Howl is a brilliant song, rest is ok. Saw these guys live last year, they were alright.

RogueNine
August 2nd 2014


3718 Comments


Isn't it "let me hear you howl"?

Crawl
August 2nd 2014


2545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nope

RogueNine
August 2nd 2014


3718 Comments


My ears have failed me this whole time.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2014


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This band is hilariously bad

"Wear their 60s influences proud on their sleeve" that seems like a polite way to call them lame hacks

Great review though, pos'd

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2014


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Concise reviews are best. Quality over quantity

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2014


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Never heard Strypes so idk. I'm sure BoD is competent enough, but I swear they do nothing to move music forward and rely purely on 50 year old formulas. The best compliment the guy reviewing can give them is that they remind him of other, better bands.

dmp3131
August 2nd 2014


1317 Comments


Good review. All Who Remain is a great song, along with Howl. Haven't heard the rest though, might check it out.

Crawl
August 2nd 2014


2545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wtf arcade

RogueNine
August 2nd 2014


3718 Comments


Let's not put Jet with The Strypes.

Green Baron
August 2nd 2014


24345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Green Baron
August 4th 2014


24345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Howl is on the new Nissan commercial



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