New Music Critique: Rival Order

Production8
Lyrics7
Music7
Vocals8
Musicianship8
7.6

Rival Order generates boot-stomping metal that’s right in its fans’ comfort zone—hard/ soft vocal trade-offs, ballistic kick drums, howling guitar licks, effective breakdowns and cries for salvation amid eternal damnation. We especially like the churning power of the catchy “War Transmission,” which has a great instrumental intro and puts out strong energy right to the end. “Illusion”’s driving riff acts as a platform for the vocalists to state their case (“smoke and mirrors, my four walls!”). Unfortunately, on this and the similar “Save Me” the energy of the song seems to dissipate when the singers come in. In fact, we urge Rival Order to fix their tendency to create a powerful intro that overshadows the rest of the song.

Contact: joeyrival88@gmail.com
Web: rivalorder.com
Seeking: Distribution
Style: Metal

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