After arriving in the Unites States from New Zealand in 2009, hard rockers Like A Storm have been building fans, sharing stages with industry giants, and releasing two successful albums. The band is about to unleash their third record Catacombs on June 22 via Red Music and have easily unearthed their best musical treasures.
The opening song “The Devil Inside” provides a great passageway for the rest of the album. It mixes heavy chugging guitar riffs, haunting vocals from Chris Brooks, and even injects some didgeridoo (Australian wind instrument) for sonic texture. Guitarist Matt Brooks provides lead vocals mid way through on “Solitary” layering more melodic vocals with heavy guitars. “The Bitterness” is the closest thing is style to their two previous albums. It has the catchiest chorus and will be bouncing around your skull for days.
Catacombs is dark but stays connected to the heavier sound throughout. The deeper themes include facing your inner demons, isolation, and political hypocrisy. I always have believed that artists create their most compelling work when they turn inward and pull from personal experiences. Like A Storm have successfully opened up their tomb and their best gems have spilled out.
Review by Jason Bullinger
Buy Catacombs and check tour dates at http://likeastorm.com