I’ve seen a few live videos of 18gram, but that was my only preview to this album. A strong melodic rock sound, ‘18gram‘ is a little different from what I expected. I thought the band would be a bit more rock, but starting with “Return”, the band changed my expectations.
18gram’s style is familiar and warm. The band focuses a lot on the different melodies, and have a lot of talent in creating layered songs. Depending on what song, you’re going to hear lot of elements that push the track forward. Sometimes it’s more sparse, like on “August Drive,” but that can change, like on “Secret Forest.” At times it feels like there’s too much happening, making it difficult to hear each individual section, but by the end, the sum of all the parts comes together.
The 40-minute album comes in at 11 songs, showing a strong variety of music within their style, and it’s easy to slide into the music and get comfortable with the tracks. “The Demien” has a small switch in the tempo and rhythm that’s pushed by the drums, which don’t just support the band, but add their own voice within each song.
Even though I’ve known about the band for a bit, the album exceeded my expectations of who they are. It’s a solid album that doesn’t disappoint, and for anyone looking for a great rock album, 18gram have you covered.
If this is any indication of what 2015’s music is going to be, then we’re all in for a great year.