Single Review: Leading Zeroes' ‘This World Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’
In the words of the four-piece alt-rock outfit themselves: “Recording is a different beast,” when comparing the gig experience to being in the studio, and this track may be a good demonstration of this fact.
The first thing that jumps out is an almost classic rock vibe with Leading Zeroes’ solid, accessible guitar riffs, not too distorted or overdriven as to cloud the mix.
The vocals are not overshadowed, but come across as slightly ambiguous in terms of genre, yet still professional and extremely note-accurate.
The vocals’ nature doesn’t easily lend itself to the tonality of the track however, with an elusive and changing ratio of melodic/screamo notes, making the lyrics difficult to make out, at times.
Overall, though, there’s strong evidence of musicality and song-writing skills as the track develops, as well as an energy brought by the driving riff. Cheeky modal alterations to a minor riff make the music itself something more interesting to listen to, certainly from a musician’s perspective.
The musical development is to be noted; clever use of dynamics really come into play in the B and C sections, as does the full use of the studio’s techniques. A solid breakdown separates a much-needed dynamic shift from the heaviness of the main theme, and the vocals are much richer too.
Depth is added to the contour of the track with its much softer tonality in later minutes, but something is still lacking. The song seems to almost get lost in itself, with sporadic reverb and echo-heavy vocals – harmonies and brevity would have made this section more effective. Their build up brings us back into the alt-metal riff we began with, and (to be honest), even at just over six minutes, ends a little abruptly.
Overall, the track has solid riffs, artistic guitar work and a great beat – these four guys know how to bring together a sound, as the professionalism can’t be understated. This particular song could have benefitted from a little more mastering and attention in the sections, as some to tend to drag. But hey, the energy is there and I can imagine their live shows being hard not to headbang to.
‘This World Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’ is out now via all major online music platforms and distrokid.com.
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