Damage - Truth And Consequence
2007, Atomic Theory Publishing
Orange County, California has been the launching ground of a number of significant rock and roll acts. Arists such as No Doubt, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold and Saosin have all started out from The OC. The region continues to be an incredibly competitive and productive market for rock acts, and the next big thing is on the horizon: Damage stands at the crossroads where rock, alternative and heavy metal converge. The electric alchemy the band creates is evident on their 2nd release, Truth And Consequence. I hope you have your seatbelts on.
Truth And Consequence opens with God, a highly commercial but typical rock radio tune. Built on a guitar hook vaguely reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne and heavy layering, God is something of a rock and roll cliché. Don't Wait On Me blows all of the clichés out of the water, however, rocking like nobody's business. My Point Of View continues in this vein. My Point Of View is very dark in mood and musical timbre with a memorable chorus. Damage is very reminiscent of Soundgarden here.
Another Girl is very much a pop song and could be a potential hit. Every Single Day returns to the Soundgarden style sounds with crushing guitar and an innovative bass line. Every Single Day is my pick for top track here as it has a pop sensibility woven into its seams. Other highlights include Raise The Dead, You Seeing Me and The Other Side.
Damage is the sort of heavy rock band that doesn't come along everyday. Presenting with a heavy guitar sound, Damage presents with a strong melodic sense, great harmonies, big hooks and a feel for the dramatic. Truth And Consequence is a stellar debut that should have impact at Modern Rock formats such as The Edge. Good listen.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Damage at http://www.damagetheband.com/ or www.myspace.com/damage. You can purchase Truth Or Consequence through the band’s MySpace page.