32 Leaves - Welcome to the Fall Released September 6th, 2005
Double Blind Music
Along with Opus Dai, Arizona’s 32 Leaves make up the bulk of appeal for Double Blind Music and coincidentally for ‘hard rock’, as well. But, don’t call it that; instead substitute it for "music for pensive, brooding people and their pensive, brooding friends” as Double Blind suggests you do.
How Is It?
You got to hand it to the phrase: “Don’t judge a [band] by its cover.” I wrote this band off almost as quickly as the first track, “Sudden Change”, got me interested with its feedback-to-breakdown intro. They do sound like a blend of Fuel, Breaking Benjamin, and Deftones, but these guys pull off the overplayed fairly well. Greg Norris doesn’t have the best voice but it’s akin the pipes of Shaun Morgan and the like, so fans of 32 Leaves’s contemporaries will have no problem adjusting. If you’re looking for a good just-under-mainstream release, Welcome to the Fall ain’t a bad way to go. Just be prepared to defend yourself when your indie friends pull it out of your car stereo in question.
This review is a user submitted review from Scott Irvine. You can see all of Scott Irvine's submitted reviews here.
"All Is Numb", "Blood on My hands", & "Never Even There" could all do very well for them, at least judging by their success on Satellite Radio.
A better band is Memphis' Egypt Central who's had similar success, but with better songs. See "You make Me Sick" & "Over & Under" www.myspace.com/egyptcentral
I'm tired of reviewers calling "Hard Rock" and "Alt(nu) Metal" bad. That is a great genre with greats bands that are making great, interesting and original music as much as indie is. Bands like 32 Leaves, 10 Years (the best), Breaking Benjamin, Cold, Chevelle, Evans Blue, FLAW, Flyleaf, Strata, Trapt and so forth are making REAL and passiomate music