Sicadis-Blood of a Thousand Hearts
Up front the selling point for this album was that track number 8 , "Through These Eyes", featured guest vocals from Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. Oh boy. Nope, not exactly a fan of that particular "mall metal" band so I was dearly hoping that tracks 1-7 didn't fall into that same sort of "style". The good news of the day folks is that, even though this is Thanksgiving Day, this self-released debut-album is no turkey. Lame jokes aside, Kansas City's Sicadis (Si-Kay-Diss) play what folks like to call "modern metal" these days. You know the drill: some thrash, death metal and metalcore. Only difference is that it isn't really "metalcore" (more like hardcore-leaning metal moments) and, unlike let's say the bulk of "modern metal" bands, these guys don't suck royally! Having shared the stages with some rather well-established acts such as Testament, Unearth, A Life Once Lost, The Agony Scene, Suicide Silence, Exodus, Despised Icon, Napalm Death, Strapping Young Lad and, yes, Five Finger Death Punch it certainly sounds as if these guys are a direct product of their surroundings. That being said this is one of those cases where you can't really pin-point a reference (band-wise) as they lay down some unique riffs. Of course that is a good thing and chances are we'll be seeing some label scoop these guys up in the near future.Oh, for the record, track number 8 did little to change my mind about Five Finger Death Punch as vocalist Brett Carter is much better then Ivan Moody to these ears. You can find out more about the band at their Facebook page below.