Lion Splicer - Slicer

It's fun to see Heavy Metal keep families together, let alone inspire them to go into music together, but Maximus and Danny Splice felt the need to go the extra mile. Inspired by the heavier side of music, the two brothers self released their own idea of Heavy Metal with Lion Splicer. 'Slicer' is a simple, but effective effort that ties Heavy Metal with Sludge, offering a stripped down yet clean sound that echoes Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin. Opening on one end of the spectrum is "Hatchet" with the guitars and drums in the foreground with the vocals a bit faded and scratched out, adding a heavier effect but making the whole atmosphere feel like a live or demo setting, which can be a bit of a put off. Other tracks like "Slicer" are louder in all departments but still high catchy with better rhythms such as the Eastern influences in the interlude with the guitars playing off each other over the simple repetition of the drums before the solo. "The Gnome" is as lo fi as one can get, slow and moody, with the reverse effect from "Hatchet" with the instruments in the background and the vocals in the front. Touching more on Sludge Metal, this is as simple as one can get while still maintaining energy, but the lack of volume may make it difficult to enjoy.

The other half of the album is more on the instrumental focus. "Weft" is a straightforward Hard Rock effort with some Progressive elements, touching almost on something Opeth might do during their music with no vocals to overshadow it. It's part heavy and also soft, so there is an odd balance in between that gives the Splice brothers more to show their audience in music structure than typically catchy licks. "Lockheart" is almost a completely acoustic effort that is on the opposite side of the spectrum for Lion Splicer. Devoid of the churning electric distortion, this rather clean, quiet sound is pleasant to listen to as an excellent interlude from all the Heavy Metal offerings. "Sector 7" finally shapes up as the clearest track on the album, sounding just like how "Hatchet" should have but with everything on even footing as far as the volume goes. And it actually sounds pretty good, like the band kicked their cellar door open so the recording mic could actually get a full flow of the music. Although the song ends a bit abruptly, fans will be sure to appreciate it for its rather jazzy, progressive tone that can have some Pink Floyd influences during the quieter moments combined with sharp roughed up Sludge influences that are a bit cleaner than most. Overall, some could compared Lion Splicer to groups like Foo Fighters or Floodstain, both bands touching upon Rock and Metal.

  1. Hatchet
  2. The Gnome
  3. Slicer
  4. Warp
  5. Weft
  6. Lockheart
  7. Sector 7

Self released
Reviewer: Colin McNamara
Nov 9, 2011

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