Dec 2014 01

The Rabid Whole - ProblemsThe Rabid Whole
Category: Industrial / Electro / Rock
Album: Problems
Stars: 4
Blurb: A wonderful taste of where this dynamic and talented Toronto band has in store, showcasing tighter songwriting and even cleaner production with mass appeal.


 

In a few short years, Toronto’s The Rabid Whole has garnered a sizeable audience and a growing reputation for the band’s mixture of electro/industrial and alt. rock; a style that has earned comparisons to the likes of Celldweller and Linkin Park. The band has shared the stage with some of the industrial scene’s heaviest hitters, including BILE, Hanzel und Gretyl, Cyanotic, 16volt, and Apoptygma Berzerk, and all after only two albums and a limited edition remix release. Now, The Rabid Whole offers up a new six-track EP to take the dynamic act’s music to a new level.

Problems comes out of the gate swinging with “Don’t Stop Now,” chockfull of the band’s signature guitar licks and layers of energetic electronica, topped off by keyboardist Chalsey Noelle’s emotive voice. The interplay between her and vocalist/guitarist Andrews Weiss in the soaring chorus is simply too catchy not to sing along with while also serving as an anthem for the band’s determination to reach for greater heights. “Bound to Get Worse” follows with explosive bursts of heavy guitar riffs, powerful drumming, and catchy vocal harmonies. From here, the EP slows down in tempo, though it doesn’t diminish in intensity as songs like “Take It All Away” and “Nothing is Painless” are full of lush arrangements of guitars and keyboards creating a harmonious atmosphere upon which Weiss’ soulful voice shines. “Patience” offers a brief instrumental respite with classic drum machines underscoring speedy guitar strums and keyboard arpeggios that manages to end before it can descend into monotony, while the title song ends the EP with a groovy bass line that eventually leads into twinkling keys upon strumming acoustics, the chorus building to a climax that only at the last breaks free from its restraints.

The Rabid Whole has come a long way in the five years since the Autraumaton debut, as Problems showcases tighter songwriting and even cleaner production. Every member of the band shines to bring out the best qualities of each song, catchy enough for the mainstream but with more than enough experimentation in sound and style for the more discerning underground tastes. As a mere glimpse into what The Rabid Whole has yet in store for us, Problems is anything but what its title suggests… no, this is simply a wonderful EP from a band that should not be overlooked.
 
Track list:

  1. Don’t Stop Now
  2. Bound to Get Worse
  3. Take It All Away
  4. Patience
  5. Nothing is Painless
  6. Problems

 
The Rabid Whole Website http://www.therabidwhole.com
The Rabid Whole Facebook http://www.facebook.com/therabidwhole
The Rabid Whole Twitter http://www.twitter.com/TRWMusic
The Rabid Whole Bandcamp http://therabidwhole.bandcamp.com
 
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
Bandcamp
Storming the Base
 
2014-09-23
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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