Band successfully pulls
off rock oddity -- good electronic and hard rock sound
While the combining and blending of different
genres becomes increasingly popular with rising bands, the distorted medley
electronic and hard rock is a difficult
mixture to pull off in an appealing manner.
Bands such as The Hunger have only touched
on what might be achieved, and have failed in great numbers, as in the
case of their
most recent album.
When one finds a band that can put these
very different sounds together to form a heavy yet dark form of music with
elements, it's reasonable to say there
is something special about that particular band.
Lights Over Roswell has that something
The band's ability to mold industrial and
techno sounds with a hard-rock edge is impressive when compared to other
On the band's first demo, Exposed, Lights
Over Roswell, which draws influences from The Crystal Method, Rob Zombie
Ministry, displays five tracks of very
dark and moody music.
"Spotlight" is a great example of a good
blending of industrial, techno and hard rock.
The guitar riffs set the mood for an industrial-sounding
wave of energy. The drums keep pounding, climaxing with the vocal scream,
"Look into the mirror, see the terror
and the fear that's deep within/ I follow the shadow behind me, but the
shadow behind me is not
While some of the vocals and lyrics get
repetitive, as in "Mind Eraser," singer Bobby Wagner has the ability to
add some diversity.
Chris Carpenter, who works behind the scenes
for the band, does a great programming job on the debut album. But some
could spice up the overall mood of Exposed.
Lights Over Roswell has only been around
for two years and has already acquired the help of Solar Flare Productions
management and scheduling, played for
crowds as large as 7,000 and garnered plenty of attention in the local
Regular gigs are scheduled all over Houston.
These performances might be what Lights Over Roswell needs to polish its
There's something unique in the way the
band approaches its music. With time and work, Lights Over Roswell could
very well stir
things up a bit in the industrial/hard
rock music scene.