New Music Critiques: Congenial Crime

Production7
Lyrics7
Music8
Vocals8
Musicianship7
7.4

Contact: [email protected]
Web: congenialcrime.com
Seeking: Label, Booking
Style: Rock, Alternative Rock

The guitar-heavy intro at the start of “Phenom” is enough to confirm that Charlottesville, VA band Congenial Crime can play. There’s a groove-led, crushing weight to the music that doesn’t quite venture into stoner/doom metal territory but it does bring to mind harmony heavy bands such as Alice In Chains. They know when to let rip and when to pull back, and that restraint is impressive. “Take Me To Hell” recalls Canadian progressive thrashers Annihilator, and that’s a wonderful thing. Overall though, Congenial Crime have found a sound that is very much their own. That’s not easy to do in the overcrowded metal space but they’ve pulled it off. The name isn’t great, but we can forgive that.