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1000mods – Repeated Exposure To… Review

 

1000mods – Repeated Exposure To… Review

1000mods is a little known Greek hard rock band that are already seeming to be making waves in the international rock scene. They have done four tours around Europe with only two albums to their name to date, and have played at many festivals such as Desertfest, Rockwave Festival and Lake on Fire. They also have festivals scheduled after the release of this new album ‘Repeated Exposure To…’ – their third studio offering – such as Up in Smoke in Switzerland, Desertfest and Keep it Low.

So with brief introductions to the band done, let’s jump straight into this promising release from 1000mods, starting with Above 179, which has a very grungy start to it and is extremely reminiscent of Black Sabbath. The beats are almost like gunfire as the track hammers on, with the vocals starting quite late into the track – around the two minute mark of five minutes plus. It is a relatively slow-moving track, with an ebbing and flowing beat, with many highs and lows throughout.

The second track Loose follows in the same path, thick beats with thrumming guitar and bass licks, and more than a dash of 70’s hard rock nostalgia. It is an eight minute long epic of guitars weaving solid hard rock, with few vocals considering the length. Slowly it fades with the guitars still screaming away into the next track Electric Carve.

Electric Carve fires I with drums and guitar in a manner akin to the Foo Fighters. The vocals take on a more blues style to begin with as guitars hammer away beneath them, accompanied by a thundering drum track. This is one of the shorter tracks on ‘Repeated Exposure To…’ than the previous ones at 3:37.

Heading in a totally opposite path to the former, The Son starts softly – almost acting as an interlude at this midway point of the manic eight track album. It soon fires up into more of the same, with compelling vocals and some astonishing guitar work threading its way all throughout the epic track – standing at 8:41 long.

The next track, strangely titled A.W. Starts off quite differently to the previous tracks, with an offbeat guitar twang before they fully kick in at full pelt along with the lyrics. It is another fast paced track, with slamming guitars immediately apparent – though I found myself struggling to pick up the bass track throughout the album – with a mid-track slow down.

Sixth track On a Stone begins with an extremely psychedelic riff which once again harks back to the sounds of Black Sabbath, before the song properly gets into the motion and continues with more of the same hard-hitting rock sound that you become accustomed to straight away on first listen. The song is another slightly shorter track at 5:25 and delivers throughout, with solid guitars and strong vocals. The solo towards the end of the track is captivating, and really gets the body flowing to the motion of the music.

Unfortunately Groundhog Day is probably my least favourite track on this offering from 1000mods. It starts off promisingly with another blues-influenced intro, with hushed, melancholy vocals beginning almost straight away. The drums are singled out in this track to showcase the drummer’s skills, and the track is well-formulated, with a nice structure – but I found the riff reflected the song title very well, as it is very repetitive to mediocre effect. At over seven minutes long, I felt this track was a little too long for its own good.

Final track Into the Spell lures the listener in with a soft guitar beat, enticing you in as some haunting vocals speak just beneath the instrument track. The song seems to be a little longer than it needs to be again, I suppose maybe it is suggesting the listener is under a spell – but I found myself soon getting a little irked with it and I was most certainly under no ‘spell’.

In summary, ‘Repeated Exposure To…’ is a strong album from the Greek four piece and will most certainly entertain and enthral to some extent – especially if you are partial to the sounds of Black Sabbath, influences of which I found very apparent in this offering. It is a good album for sure, and maybe you will enjoy the penultimate and final tracks more than I did – it is still a very good album and does indeed show promise from this talented hard rock band.

Niki Flynn

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