Classy reproduction, that’s the first thing that hits the eye here. A pro printed cd and case complete with barcode certainly sets this band aside from the pack.
I guess this is meant to be the band’s debut album rather than a demo due to there being no less than seven all lengthy tracks on here, and while the sometimes basic playing betrays their stature, the production could have you believe you picked this up in a shop: its pretty good alright, so full marks for having the enthusiasm to present their work properly.
Unfortunately when it comes down to the actual music I have to be a bit more critical. I dont really like this half baked standard mixture of grunge and basic metal so prevalent among debuting bands; Northern Ireland’s Involution do it well, but there’s precious few others among many who try. Gambit display talent and poverty in equal measure.
The pumping faster sections of “No More Fear” are highly entertaining, but the lyrical and vocal approach in “Innocent Cries” sounds, Im sorry to say, simply cheesy. The bass work is excellent throughout, and the piano is a nice touch in “Miramar”, so at least they’re not confining themselves.
I guess if you took equal parts Rage Against the Machine, Machine Head, Metallica and a wee bit of Sepultura you’d have some idea of the sound; a standard young band. Their ambition and realisation of the product is to be highly commended, but ultimately they just need to develop their own musical identity and tighten up just a shade.
– Earl Grey ::: 10/08/03