Outlet –Broken Is the Man; Vital Are the Missing Parts

The EP starts with dark and low guitar strums backs up by slow snares and begins with “The Well: Negating the Hand of Hope”. About a minute into the song, the snare builds up as the guitars bring in more power chords that get louder as time passes. Slowly getting lost in this track, the growling vocals kick in with ominous lyrics, “I was born in the fire and I will perish in the flames”. “House like Headstones”  is next with the guitars kicking in right away with higher chords—You’ll notice a more melodic feel as the instruments blend together flawlessly, complimented by the drums. The vocals begin softly “…houses… like headstones… all in a row… I walk past them blindly… I don’t let it show…” and the guitars go silent, “…I die inside… I writhe…”. The strong sense of emotion is augmented by even higher guitar chords and a cymbal progression that leads into the heaviest part of the song when the vocals confess, “The carrion song echos in my mind… my life passes me by… inside I writhe… I abhor this life…”.

Doom metal at its best, Outlet, from Idaho Falls, Idaho couples doom and darkness into one with this heavy EP. Bringing the coarse sounds of deep heavy drumming, simple guitar riffs, andgrowling vocals along with Chino Moreno-style vocals. The emotion and feeling you get out of the beats and sounds make it inspiring and addictive.  If you like bands such as Deftones, Misery Signals, or Black Sabbath, this is definitely worth listening to. Kick back in your living room, close your eyes, and get lost in this beautifully haunting confessional.

Written by Liz Imperiale

About Liz Imperiale 141 Articles
Liz is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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