The Jettison Commitment – This Changes Everything

Introduction: The Jettison Commitment (TJC) is a local band here in London Ontario and in four years have finally released their debut EP entitled ‘This Changes Everything‘. The sound of TJC is heavy throughout, no doubt about that, but TJC has some light and very memorable moments aswell with very intelligent and talented bass playing and writing. ‘This Changes Everything‘ is a very balls to the wall album. After the intro track, correctly named ‘Intro’, you are subjected to a magic carpet ride (of metal…) for the duration of the next five song misadventure.

Good: The first “song”, ‘Cuts Hurt Kids‘ shows us from riff one what TJC is here to do. Heavy guitars, fast drums, beautiful bass work, and the two tones of great vocal work and screams mingle almost perfect. This opening track is TJC showing you their hand of cards. Almost every style explored in this one song is revisited in some way on every other track. On purpose or not, it makes a great opening song.

On that note, one of the shortest songs I’ve heard ‘Satin Finish‘, clocking in at a whopping two minutes and ten seconds, is the last song on this album and makes a huge impression with one of the dirtiest riffs, one of the catchiest lyrics, and one of the heaviest moments in recent listening memory. One listen and you will understand, though you will need more then one listen to take it all in.

If you are a musician you will eat this CD up. Every single instrument is in battle all song long for your ears. Everything is so tight and solid. You will enjoy alot of what this CD has to offer. My personal favourite is the vocal melodies that litter each song. The screams do everything they need to do, but fail to reach the fun in which the singing provides. You will find yourself singing each vocal moment. I guaranty you.

Bad: The whole track, for what reason I do not know, ‘The Tide’s Rising‘ just doesn’t fit quite right. It seems it’s lacking the ‘TJC‘ style polish that makes each other song unique. It has some very good moments, but has some problem areas. It has a very awkward pause in the song that I am not a fan of, the whole song seems like it was written as an open canvas for the guitars to show their talents. They do a great job but it doesn’t seem like the full ‘TJC‘ experience.

The intro is left to be desired, also the beginning of ‘Double Rye & Coke‘ seems like it could use some extra polish.

Conclusion: Overall the CD has a great sound and really shows the talents of all the gentlemen involved. At it’s short length of six songs (including the one intro) this is a great adventure that I highly recommend to people of all styles. There is a little something for everyone in this CD. TJC has really found their sweet spot and I can’t wait for the full length, when the day comes.

Check out their myspace and take a listen for yourself and pick up the CD while you’re over there. Message them for more info.

The Jettison Commitment’s ‘This Changes Everything’ gets 4 play throughs of ‘Satin Finish‘ out of 5.

http://www.myspace.com/TheJettisonCommitment

Nich Longe

September 2nd, 2009


Baptized In Blood – Gutter Bound

Gutter Bound

Gutter Bound

Introduction: From the very beginning you are welcomed by a static pop and and groovy guitar riff of the opening track ‘Up Shirts Down Skirts‘ which does a very good job of setting the stage and mood of Baptized In Blood’s first full length release. A heavy hitting mix of modern heavy metal, melodic grooves, with a very strong 80’s thrash influences bleeding into the over all feel of the band’s sound as a whole. Lets get shitty with Baptized In Blood’s ‘Gutter Bound‘.

Good:Gutter Bound‘ is very well recorded. All the drums come though clear and defined and all the cymbals are never too overwhelming and the double bass it tight and smart. The low growls and high screams are very set in the back of the mix compared to the instruments, this sets a very good plane for the musical talents of the band to shine through, as there is an overload of musical talent in this group. An obvious vocal point of the band is the guitar work. Very melodic and heavy. You can really hear the musical personalities of the individuals shine though. Josh and his relentless whammy and Nick and his lighting fast tapping skills. Guitars are no doubt the shinning point in this CD. Bass is constant, in the back of the mix, but really shines though on some very smart and well placed solo moments via ‘Lightning Speed‘.

Next Stop Hollywood‘ is the new party anthem of the year. Everything about this song will make you smile. Everytime you hear it you’ll just want to raise you glass and sing along!

Blue Oyster‘ needs no explaining for it’s influence.

The last on the CD ‘Only Time Will Tell‘ is very heavy song and takes from alot of heavier styles with the use of chromatics, pinch harmonics, break downs, and less of a emphasis on melodies as the other songs.

This CD is very flexible and has a little something for fans of any metal sub-genre.

Bad: There is nothing ‘Bad’ about this CD. It is actually one of the best CD’s that have ever graced my ears, but for the sake of having a little bit of criticism I have a few nit picks. Firstly the gang vocals are very inconsistent, in ‘Down And Out‘ they are a little to loud for my taste and in ‘Blue Oyster‘ you care barely make out what they are saying.

Some of the vocals seem inconsistent (I know Johl grabs the mic like he does live when recording) but sometimes this can lead to a long scream dropping out a little sooner then I would like.

Again, Nothing ‘Bad’, but if you listen REALLY hard you’ll find them.

There are some ‘Old’ songs on this CD, songs that were on their 4 song EP, 2 of them made it over onto the new full length re-writen and re-recorded. It would be nice to have a CD with all new material, but no doubt the next release will more then please.

Conclusion: A very awesome and welcome change to the music and especially the metal I have been listening to lately. Baptized In Blood even competes with the big boys in my music library, and beats most of them out. Give these boys some time and nothing will be able to stop them. They are not iTunes at the moment, but you can pick up their CD via Evelmerch (http://www.evelmerch.com/baptizedinblood). Pick it up and enjoy the new sound of heavy metal. This is a must buy!

Baptized In Blood’s ‘Gutter Bound’ get 5 shots of Jager out of 5.

http://www.myspace.com/BaptizedInBlood

-Nich Longe

August 28th, 2009