Five Bolt Main Venting
By Marcus Pan
Five Bolt Main jump on the nu-metal
bandwagon and try and ride the wave. Their Venting album is by no means
bad, but it pales in comparison to others in the genre (i.e. Korn, Linkin Park,
Disturbed, Tool). By this late in the game, its actually a bit
after all Tool, who Five Bolt Main remind me of most strongly, first
kicked things off fifteen years ago when Opiate first dropped and the
nu-metal scene has been kicking pretty hard since Undertow came about in
1993. So by now, while I still enjoy much in this genre (Disturbed, lately,
Ive been digging) the tricks of the style have been carved into stone
already and Five Bolt Main are showing me nothing new.
Theyre still pretty good though
and only slightly undermixed. The riffwork is solidly hammered through by
bassist Ben Patrick and guitarists Jason Chandler and Aaron Welenken. Ivan
Arnolds drumwork is certainly upper caliber and Chris Volzs vocals
are gritty and untamed, moving from soft spoken lyrics to hammer pounding
singing. Theres a lot to like here even if Im a bit un-enamored
after fifteen years of funk-based metal and thrash.
Opening with the bass-laden The Gift Five Bolt Main
take us on a tour of soft spoken vocals and bass slaps punctuated with good
harmony and low down guitar riffs. The choruses follow the standard of the
genre as they build into heavy crescendos and louder vocals. Chord progressions
follow normal formula as shown in previous years of nu-metal. A good song, but
just another in the mix without much standout potential.
Venting continues the trend of being just good and
catchy enough to hang without standing out from the pack. Pathetic gets
Stereomud on us with headbanging beats and interesting guitar work. The most
competent player in Five Bolt Main is Ben Patrick and his poppable, slap-happy
bass work during quieter moments. He keeps the tracks moving solidly along
without losing the ground and swift rhythm gained in the heavy openings.
Squiggly guitars open Wait in Line before it rolls into another standard
fare head banging rhythm. By now also the lyrics are getting a bit bland.
What You Are is one of the catchiest and best tunes on Venting. I
think the main reason for its success is once again the bass work of Ben
Patrick, which keeps the track fast paced and bouncy.
Five Bolt Main are certainly not a bad band. Theyre a
little behind the times, maybe, as while Korn has experimented with indie
videos and started hacking a bit at the nu-metal formula they helped install
fifteen years ago, Five Bolt Main are sticking to it and putting out standard
fare music. I think Ben Patrick helps Venting shine just a little more
than they could have without him, and while I thought it was a decent release
it didnt tickle me with something newly thought of or beyond whats
already been available.
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reviewed back in Legends
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