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   PANIC CELL
Bitter Part Of Me
2004
Casket Music
http://www.paniccell.com


rating: 4/5

1. Damn Self Pity
2. Away From Here
3. Save Me
4. Shallow
5. Nothing
6. Thousand Words
7. Bitter Part Of Me
8. Utter Madness
9. Alive
10. The End

Are you hungry for modern rock music? Go for Panic Cell! This 5 piece band hails from Kent/England and "Bitter Part Of Me" is their debut album.

Their music is very easy to describe. Guitar driven, melodic rock music with the different influences of the wide-ranged metal field. These influences are raging from Black Label Society, Iron Maiden, till Metallica and other thrash-death bands as well as the grunge-era bands. For example the first seconds of the opening track, "Away From Here" sounds like "Rebel Angel" from The Crown but soon it turns into modern, melodic metal and the whole mix results in some groovy rock. Easy to learn lyric melodies, catchy rhythms and you already sing along to them. The second one starts like a BLS song, with a strong southern rock influence but rawer and also has got an urban blues feeling. The third one has got a more furious start but continues with mid paced rhythms and this constant change of melodic and furious tight parts are keeping the vibe up all long. Though the fourth track title is "Shallow" its music has nothing to do with shallowness. The held back drums and the excellent guitar work - I love this guitar sound - give its speciality and though I have not headbanged in front of my stereo for a while, it made me do it now. (I can see the crowd jumping up and down on their future gigs...). The balanced mix of melancholy and anger is the key of this song (though I might be wrong since I have not read the lyrics). "Nothing" is about how to burn the shredding riffs into our brains, making the song catchy with great verses.
We've even got a sort of a ballad on this album, "Thousand Words" which is reminiscent of Pantera's "Cemetary Gates" a bit.

All of the songs on this album are filled with energy and dynamism, and they are presented by a vocalist who has got a deep, raw but emotional and passionate voice. The result is vibing songs with grooves and crushing heaviness as a vigorous mix of traditional and modern rock music.

submitted by Katalin 12.04.2004

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