THE TREAT - PHONOGRAPHY
METAL TO INFINITY
The booklet shows this CD isn't a Metal CD. Nevertheless we, from Metal To Infinity, are feeling the need for making a review about this release. I was critical at first but I admit this is a surprising CD.
To be honest this is a flexible trio of musicians who invited some guest musicians for these recordings. Their classic rock reminds me most of all to a more rocking and less Metal kind of Tesla or AC/DC. These lads surely know the history of Rock because also The Beatles and Pink Floyd seemed to be a source of inspiration. On some songs I even hear some grungy parts, like we heard tons of times before in the early nineties.
With only a few chords these guys wrote 'easy on the hear' music, sometimes a bit experimental, on other moments 'poppy' or even 'bluesy'. Sliding guitars are often heard and these rockers have for sure the talent for writing good songs. Don't expect finger fast guitars or devastating riffs but prepare for varied and even intelligent compositions with only a little bit of distortion on the guitars. In my opinion The Treat is a bunch of alternative guys who are honoring their idols from their youth years and far beyond. No, these guys have no original ideas but who are we, Metal heads, to criticize it because also our scene counts plenty of clones.
'Effervescence' for example is a very strong track with multiple varied elements, a 'free rocking' spirit and outstanding musicianship. No doubts these guys know how to play their instruments! I have the feeling, although I don't know these guys, they will not care about bad reviews and they shouldnet. The Treat needs to be proud on this release but they should also try to search their own path.
Michael Hyder, guitarist and singer, is a talented man, even an artist. He has a good voice, wide raging and strong enough. His guitar parts will not blow you away but will, instead, often make you quiet because theyere played with a lot of feeling. The band also makes use of some classical instruments like the flute, harmonica and clarinet and as usual that gives a special effect if therees no exaggerating.
Pure Metal Heads, who keep on denying all other music genres, shouldnet spend their money on this record. Open minded music fans, interested in some tentative Rock, should really give The Treat a chance because Iem sure there will be no disappointment.. My Points: 80/100 (review by Officer Nice)
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