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Rhyme – The Seed And The Sewage

It’s great when you come across a band that you have never heard of and the stuff you hear makes your ears prick up, gets your mind wondering why you haven’t heard the band before and what have they done in the past. This happened to me when the new Rhyme album found its way to my speakers. This is hard rock the way its meant to be played.

The album opens with Manimal, a song that has your head and feet going at the same time. It’s an excellent opening track as it has the energy of a live track, a thing some bands are not capable of capturing. The Hangman flies at you next with an almost staccato riff, it instantly gets your attention. The chorus has a great hook that implants itself into your mind, there is a great heavy breakdown towards the end of the song that is going to make you spill your beer before the chorus kicks in again.

Blind Dog starts with a guitar and drum partnership before kicking in to a big dirty rock riff. The vocals of Gabriele Gozzi are highly impressive, it is just as well that he has such a strong voice as the band give him plenty of work to do with the quality of their playing. Another huge chorus and a another track that is going to find its way on to your ipod.  Slayer To The System turns the intensity up a notch, aggressive playing is matched  with an aggressive vocal delivery. However Rhyme never lose focus and still give us hooks big enough to catch a whale on.

Fairytopia continues the trend of great hard rock with melody, there is a great underlying guitar line in this song that binds everything together, I didn’t hear it until my third or forth listen to the song, yet when you do hear it, it makes the track stand out. Party Right is a straight out rocker, this is your dance along and drink song, with an almost Slash sounding dirty solo. Again be prepared to sing along.

Brand New Jesus builds and builds until the kind of riff Shinedown would pay for kicks in. This has a great groove to it, there will be pits open up when this is played live and lots of dancing going on around it. World Underground gives us a big chunk of southern rock and just when you think it may slow the pace down, a big rolling riff comes and stomps on you.

Nevermore is a hard song to describe, its possibly my favourite on the album, it seems to be a touch more experimental and progressive to my ear. Victim of Downturn is a heavy  song, not the heaviest in musical terms but certainly in atmosphere and subject wise. This song gives Nevermore a run for its money with it’s brooding guitar sounding like it just wants to fight, the solo at the end of the track is understated yet essential to the track and gives it a perfect ending. The album ends with a cover of Depeche Mode’s Wrong. The band turn it in to a powerful atmospheric hard rock song that fits well on the album.


If you like good hard rock packed with melody, energy and atmosphere then this is for you. I also recently learned that the band are all Italian which surprised me greatly as I had them down as American. The greatest surprise was the age of the band members, ranging from 24 to 28. Their music belies their age, the mind boggles at the thought of what they producing now and what they could produce in the future. There is a great social commentary on this album although it is not in your face in a RATM way, it isn’t rammed down your throat, it’s left there to give you something to think about.

The band are about to tour Russia, it isn’t hard to see why they are getting international attention. Get them to the UK!!!!! Give them a chance, what have you got to lose.

An outstanding 9.5/10


Gabriele Gozzi: Vocals
Matteo Magni: Guitars
Riccardo Canato: Bass
Vinny Brando: Drums