Aces and Eights - Demo, Ghost Town Records - 2005
I remember a time back in QCHC history when Drummondville was notoriously known for bringing out brutal bands, such as: Downfall Of Man, Burning Bridges, A Perfect Murder... and it is of no coincidence that the same crew in all those three bands were pretty much the only kids representing d-town. A Perfect Murder has gone onto new horizons which is awesome for them, and 3 of the 5 APM members have split and chosen to go back to their roots of old school. I have no doubt Aces and Eights are going to make an impact, if they haven't already. Kind of strange though, Montreal has never really been too welcome in giving d-town bands a warm welcome, as opposed to Quebec City, who eat up APM and Aces and Eights like sugar. But nonetheless, with prior experience from touring, playing different styles, playing to nobody to big stages... Aces and Eights definitely show a potential to smash forward in the scene. You can almost tell from the maturity and thrivingness this band displays, by immediately putting out a professionally sounding demo, a soon to be released 7" (on Ghost Town Records from Jonquiere, Quebec), and constant shows all around the province. The production on these songs are well recorded and mastered, but the artwork (or lack thereof) could have been more charming. I'm referring to the CD demo, and not the 7". But it's only a demo right? The opening track, Still A Threat, introduced QCHC to this band, and I was impressed. Carrying the obvious influences from Terror and Carry On... with the Terror/Madball riffs and breakdown, and then to Carry On's old school signatures of high pitched guitar blasts. The other two tracks that follow do not measure up to Still A Threat, but they're still powerful. Regarding the vocals, I can definitely dig this more than APM. For their former band on some tracks, I thought Frank wasn't rhyming as much, or spitting as many lyrics as he could. There were too many gaps in the lyrics, with too many occasions of looping over the chorus screaming out several words. I come from a background of rhyming, so I can appreciate when a vocalist has a good sense of flow. With Aces and Eights, you can hear the constant flow and damage of Frank's vocals. Good job on persevering through the band breakup to quickly picking up pieces.