Release Date: September 8, 2017
Album Art: Fortin Images
Break The Trend just released their debut album Casualties on September 8th through SoundDrive Records.
Break The Trend really went for a very raw recording for their debut album. There is not a lot of overdubbing, or extra instrument lines. You can tell that it was just a group of guys in one room, jamming with each other.
The vocals are pretty raw and maybe could have been softened a little to go with the melody of the guitars. That being said, I don’t think the background vocals were loud enough.
Lyrically the album is not that bad. Each song had catchy parts, whether it was the guitar hook or the melody you wanted to bob your head along.
“Stratosphere”, I think was my favourite song, both vocally and musically. It seemed to be the final song that just nailed it.
There are parts of the album (“Fight Your Reality”) where you can hear the song pieced together. Some of the vocals seemed to be chopped and put in and did not seem to have a very fluid mix. This is something that can indeed be worked and improved upon with more time in the studio.
This was definitely a band that would sound the same in the studio as it would live in a bar. No extra’s, no fluff, just guitars, bass, drums, and lyrics. This is not a bad thing. I would go out to see them live. I would also buy this CD while there. Probably a T-shirt. Support your local and indie bands, they are what makes the industry survive!