KeenantsLet's Start From the
By Marcus Pan
Keenants - another nu-metal
act from, if you take the website into account, Italy. I can tell you that the
band is made up of Francesco, Millo, Gabrielle, Marco and Luca, though I'm not
sure what each of them do (no press kit). I'd visit the website, but I'm really
You know, overall Keenants' Let's Start From the
Beginning isn't half bad, but I'm finding myself thinking that maybe
they're trying too hard. The cover graphics is a body with a toe tag on it - I
find that a bit cliche. Additionally, they open the album attempting a dose of
sarcasm, but come across being childish. Their first song is called This
Song is Not in a Playlist, and it curses a lot so that it's not in a
Keenants says We're SO COOl that we named our first
song This Song is Not in a Playlist and then said 'fuck' every other
word because we're so COOL you can't TOUCH US we're so DAMN ALTERNATIVE and
NON-MAINSTREAM! Oooo let me see you put This Song is Not in a Playlist
on a playlist now Mr. DJ Man - you CAN'T because we're ALTERNA-COOL! Then
they promptly channel hit artists like Disturbed and Linkin Park.
The sudden rhythm breakdowns of Feedback annoys me
greatly. It's strange the way Keenants' work can be enjoyable and then they
shuffle into something lame. The bass line of Feedback, for example is
damn good with heavy handed pops and movements. Fat back drumming accompanies
Nazarene to a nice degree. But I keep waiting for Dave Draiman to show
up and tell me he was bored and changed the band name.
Following stock formulas of the genre, Descent is
their power-ballad-that-gets-loud. Nice and solid, dead-on and mastered to a
fine degree of shiny. But like a Ruffles, you can't have just one -
Everwinter Sky gets all Stereomud ballad on me. Stereomud put out an
album a little while ago and we all said, "Oh, you're late. We have a handful
of folks playing this already, but thanks if they get cancer we'll call you."
None of them got cancer. Stereomud went home. Then it seems they showed up as
Keenants just to keep us on our toes.
The thing is this - Keenants isn't bad. No, it's quite
slamming, heavy, rifftastic and laced with lots of sparkly bits for all the
kiddies to glam over. The music formula is dead on as, well, it's been tested
for so many years until the ingredients are perfect. And I'm even finding it
catchy and, sure, if I was out having a night on the town I'd probably stomp to
it. But let's face it - Linkin Park did it, Disturbed do it to a bigger
audience and 311 freaking invented this a decade and a half or so ago. Your
tongue in cheek "we curse more because we're cooler" thing at the beginning
just made it sillier. But it shore is pretty, ayup.
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