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7 out of 10
Deftones? No. Soundgarden? No. Smashing Pumpkins? No. Pretty damn good? Why, yes. In fact, in the words of the almighty Bill S. Preston and Ted Theodore Logan, The Cedar Falls are most excellent, and despite sounding nothing like their influences, I find myself turning up the stereo on the long drive home as the opening riff to 'Abandon' rips its way through my car.
Sounding more like Breaking Benjamin meets Slaves to Gravity with just a little bit of Seether, these three lads are on a mission to redefine British rock music. Will they succeed? Well, that's up to you, but in the meantime they sound great.
'Abandon', the first track on the EP is a well-crafted anthem that would sit well on the Radio 1 playlist. It has everything you would want, from foot-stomping drums to sing-along choruses and a fat collection of power chords. 'Twilight' and 'Unity' continue in the same vein, but the pleasant surprise on this CD comes in the form of 'A Place To Stand' that reflects the bands more sensitive side. Acoustic and soulful, 'A Place To Stand' demonstrates the band is very capable of stripping a song to its basic roots and still producing something outstanding. It was at this point in the EP that I realised that maybe, just maybe, The Cedar Falls may dent the British rock scene yet.
4. A Place To Stand