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Crimson – Untamed, Underground, Unwell (Independent 2010)

The latest offering to emerge from The Aftermath’s Transmission Rooms, Crimson’s long awaited debut album ‘Untamed, Unwell, Underground’ was released in June.

After years of tolling away, paying homage to their heroes as a covers act, the four-piece band from the Midlands, decided, rather than bask in the shadows of the stars, to step up to the mark.

Recorded throughout 2008 and 2009, with Micheal Cronin behind the desk, the tracks spans over their ten-year history, from their adolences musical influences of Pixies, and Therapy? to their more mature, sobering lyrics.

Album opener, ‘Hope Is Killing Me’ with it’s crunch guitar and deep bass riffs sets the tone of the album.  The pounding main riff, lying underneath the catchy, classic lead pieces from Aidan O Rourke, makes for perfect ear candy to any music lover.  While the album holds its own, slow tracks such as ‘For You Morose’ are growers, but there are plenty of stand out tracks including ‘Travis Bickle’, the aforementioned ‘Hope Is Killing Me’ and ‘I Want To Be A Machine’.

Although not one for trendy indie kids wearing the latest fashions, fans of the old-school rock will be pleased with this purchase.  Mixed and mastered by Fergal Davis in his Suite Studios in Dublin, ‘Untamed, Umderground, Unwell’ is an good effort for a debut, the only shame was the length it took to release.

‘Untamed, Underground, Unwell’ is available in selected E2 and Easons Stores and Itunes.

Catch Crimson this Arthurs Day where they will be performing in Sean’s Bar, Athlone.

http://www.myspace.com/crimsonrock

Crimson – Hope Is Killing Me

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  1. Dermot O'Rourke
    September 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Excellent review Barry

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