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Aliases - Safer Than Reality

Dan Morgan
Dan Morgan 24 August 2011 at 13.00

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Ex-SikTh man Pin returns!

Aliases have the same combination of rocking metal and mental song structures that made their guitarist Pin’s former band, SikTh, such an alluring prospect. As ever with such dense, mechanical music, it runs the risk of losing its humanity under a blitzkrieg of technical showmanship and stop-start drum patterns. This issue is largely alleviated by vocalist Jay Berast, whose roar is tempered by melodic lines and suitably angsty lyrical nuggets like “There’s no need to be a fucking zombie!” Add in some cannily-placed breakdowns that allow the musicianship to shine without overwhelming and this is a promising start for a potentially excellent band.

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