going to hold my hands up on this one because Breed 77 are a band I have
stayed clear of for many years, simply because they were Kerrang
darlings. I wrongly thought they'd be all noise and no substance. A band
that appealed to the underage kids who knew no better and were just
happy to get into a gig without having to pretend they were 5 years
older than they actually were.
When this CD landed in my lap I cringed and thought, bloody hell, what
am I supposed to do with this then? And then I put in on my CD player
… Oh my! They weren't a bit like what I thought they'd sound like.
Sure they look a bit scary and menacing on the back cover, but the
music, oh the music! What a delight to my ears.
Skillfully crafting together rhythmically catchy metal songs with a
strong Eastern influence I just couldn't get enough of it. Who knows,
perhaps it's because I wanted to grab my coin scarf and shimmy it for
all I was worth. It stirred emotions inside me that I hadn't felt for a
long time, emotions that had lay dormant for too long. I felt the belly
dancer in me reborn again. I'd really love to see this band use a belly
dancer, all be it a rock orientated belly dancer, in one of their
videos. Their music simply begs for it. And no, before you smile to
yourself, I am not offering my services up for that part. But I do know
it would make for a cracking video to have the band performing live and
this exotic looking rock belly dancer doing her stuff in the background.
It's easy to see why the band have amassed such a huge following across
Europe. Having just finished a 24-date tour of the UK with Kill II This,
I have no doubt that they'll have seen their fan base swell even more.
Performing in front of large audiences is something that the band have
become accustomed to over the years. Having performed in front of 25,000
Portuguese rock fans at the Parades De Coura festival last summer. The
video footage of their performance of their song 'Floods' at that
festival can be found on this very EP, and very exhilarating it looks
too. Now there's a band video that makes you eager to catch them live.
Just look at all those lighters in the audience swaying back and forth
as the band perform. That must have been so exciting to be a part of
that festival. Not only to witness the band from a fans point of view
out in the audience, but also from a bands perspective, to look out and
see a sea of fans really enjoying your music. Hundreds of tiny lighter
flames reaching out in the darkness as far as the eye can see.
'La Ultima Hora' (the final hour), is most definitely a metal track in
every sense of the genre. It's heavy; it proves a flurry of emotions and
should appeal to both young metallers, as well as the older rockers who
have embraced Audioslave and Zwan. Sure Breed 77 don't sound like
Audioslave, but they do have that certain something that makes them
commercially attractive to the more seasoned rock/metal fans out that
that demand quality not quantity from their bands.
'Calling Out' is a dead cert to appeal to the hungry hoards of Creed,
Nickelback and Staind fans out there. Perhaps the band would be more
widely appreciated by the wider rock/metal community if they toured with
a band such as these? Having caught the Nickleback tour at the end of
last year I know 200% that the crowd there had would have lapped this
band and their music up big style.
Call them Metal, call them Rock, call them Nu-Breed, call them whatever
you will. Breed 77 have produced a high quality and commercially
attractive package with this EP. Thanks to the new digital age we live
in not only do you get three cracking songs on here, you also get the
video to the new song 'La Ultima Hora', as well as the live concert
footage for 'Floods'.
You are now looking at the latest convert to the Breed 77 fan base. I
love the Eastern influences they have running through their songs. I
love the flamenco-sounding guitar, which sits nicely alongside the
blistering heavier guitar sections. But most of all I simply adore lead
singer Paul Isola's hypnotizing voice. It's on songs like 'Floods' that
he really does get to explore the softer dreamy side of his vocal range
as well as to show plenty of passion and fury. I could imagine some Foo
Fighter fans getting into this song quite easily.
I still think the band look scary though, and I think they automatically
lose a lot of potential fans by touring with the types of bands that do
tend attract a younger audience. However, if the music press and
television show the video to this new song then perhaps the older fans
out there will learn to appreciate them the same way I did.
In future I will most likely go to see this band in action, but then
again it all depends on who they're playing with and whether they are
headlining or just the support act. As a headliner they would be well
worth seeing. Failing that some nice festival slots wouldn't go amiss.
One last word on the songs off this EP. If you do check it out, and I
sincerely hope you do, then flick between the opening riffs of La Ultima
Hora and Calling Out. Am I the only one that thinks they are so similar
they would very easily be the self same song? Perhaps it's just my ears
playing tricks on me, but if I heard either one of these songs being
played in a club, I could quite easily be confused as to which song they
were playing until it got going. Obviously once they get started
properly you can tell quite easily which one it is, but that opening
segment of the songs does sound incredibly similar to me. I'll leave you
all to make your own mind up about that one though.