Feed The Rhino
The Sorrow and The Sound
Siege of Amida Records
16 June 2014
by Gavin Lloyd
We all know that the days of “being in a band” going hand in hand with “being a rich and successful rock star” are long gone. Sure, some bands get bigger and reach arena-filling levels, but far more bands hit their glass ceiling at much smaller-sized venue levels. Despite earning themselves a stellar reputation as a ferocious live act and amassing a solid fan base off the back of it, when Feed The Rhino released their second album The Burning Red left many fans cold. It was up for debate whether the band had reached their peak, and it’s up to new album The Sorrow and The Sound to set the record straight.
The dark, brooding side of the band that came to the forefront of The Burning
Red Sons (OOPS LOL) is ever present, but now it has been harnessed to far greater effect, with the sense that the band have now nailed what they were attempting to do with that album. It’s an underlying part of The Sorrow and The Sound, encapsulated by the subtle guitar lines and understated vocals on the likes of ‘Black Horse’ and the album’s title track. It builds into the sort of climaxes that see the band sound the biggest they ever have, outgrowing the humble venues they’ve filled up to this point. The results sounding almost like a punk rock Deftones.
However unlike the band’s last effort, the darker side of their music doesn’t distract from the compelling fury that originally got the band noticed. This time round the punk is loaded with the most melodic hooks the band have put their name to, and all the better for it. ‘Give Up’ and ‘Revelation Not Revolution’ are full of groove and stomp, culminating in big choruses being bolstered by rousing gang vocals.
Front man Lee Tobin’s vocal style has also evolved somewhat from previous Rhino material. He has toned down his screaming to an extent, however his style is still a far cry from being called “clean” vocals. They are snarling and positively drip with venom, remaining a perfect audio interpretation of the wild eyed menace you see getting in people’s faces when the band perform live.
As the album closes with Another Requiem it really captures everything they’ve done with this record. It’s a song that takes their punk rock roots and expands them into an anthem for the pissed off; it’s the closing chapter on the best part of their story yet. The Sorrow and The Sadness sees the band smash through any previously assumed glass ceilings and proves there’s plenty of life in Feed The Rhino yet.
Sounds Like: Gallows, Cancer Bats, Deftones.
Standout Tracks: Give up, Revelation Not Revolution, Another Requiem.