Symphony Cult - 'Rewind To Fast Forward' (Copro Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ian Bell   
Friday, 10 September 2010 05:00

symphony176'Rewind To Fast Forward' is the debut album from Symphony Cult who formed in London just two years ago, with the debut single 'Speak When Spoken To' released only a year later. A number of high profile shows including Download Festival 2009 and tours with the likes Sevendust, Kittie, InMe, and up to and including the impending extensive UK tour with Fozzy means it has been a road of only achievement and relative success so far, and with this release they now have a solid base and blueprint for possible major league success.


On offer is a collection of solid songs with enough individualism, variation and consistency not just to be pigeonholed as another Lacuna Coil type band. Charlotte Lubbock's vocals are amazingly strong with a confidence and delivery never allowing the crunching and sometimes Zakk Wylde style riffage and drum assault to take over lead position and take over the songs. The self confessed influences of Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Incubus, Alice In Chains and Skunk Anansie are not always easily identifiable which can only be a long term positive as Symphony Cult carves out their own path. The gothic and progressive feel isn't lost in overcomplicated and unnecessary structures but has a nice clear and uncomplicated feel allowing the listener to enjoy what is on offer although there is enough depth and quality to keep a good level of interest.


Songs such as 'The Riddle', 'Goodbye And Goodnight', 'Under The Lights' and opener 'You' show the full ability of this band at present and that includes their ability to write fine songs with a maturity and level not expected of a band on a debut recording and it wouldn't be a surprise if they quickly outgrow the club circuit and are filling theatres very soon which would be a more appropriate setting for a sound such as this.