Sunday, February 18, 2007

doctor, this virus is silence - Self-Titled EP

doctor, this virus is silence (dtvis) would seem to be a band that I would typically really like, an easy 5 stars, but for some reason their music just doesn't seem like the type where I could actually listen through a full-length album without throwing something else better on. By this I mean bands like At the Drive-In, Cursive, and/or the Dillinger Escape Plan. DTVIS seems to be a lackluster combination of each of these bands.

With all that said this Chicago band is not by any means bad, in fact, musically they are quite damn good, but they sound so similar to other bands that I love. It just seems that in the parts of the songs where I'd really expect the band to go balls out they seem to leave me just hanging there wondering what the hell happen. And in contrast to this statement the parts where you'd be expecting the band to slow down the tempo a bit, again leave me wondering. The vocals seem to be out of place, slightly off key in parts, and show a lack of range. I would love to see the vocalist really experiment with the sound of his voice and develop a larger vocal range as this will provide an immediate improvement for DTVIS. Though I really do hate pointing towards any one part/member of a band I have to say that my pick for weakest part of this band has to be the vocals.

But, alas, not all is lost. DTVIS has plenty of potential and could easily be right up there in the whole math/progressive rock scene with a few improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing where this band is in a few years, and I look forward to hearing new music by this band. As of this post DTVIS new album is due out this summer.

I'll give this band 2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.

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