Call Me No One "Last Parade" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 08:37:47
Call Me No One's debut album Last Parade illuminates just how dynamic and diverse Sevendust's Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose truly are.
The record is heavy in a different way. Instead of bludgeoning with guttural guitar pummeling, Lowery manipulates eerie and dreamy clean melodies, siphoning entrancing emotion from raw chord progressions. An acoustic hum kicks off the album as he soothingly proclaims, "The whole world is dead", paving the way for the Parade to commence.
What follows on "The World Is Dead" is one of the most poignant and powerful hooks in Lowery's career—and that says a lot. His voice remains pristine, while longtime cohort Rose shifts from polyrhythmic beats into a groove only he could muster. He's always been a hell of a guitarist, and now it's clear he's a hell of a frontman. Rose stands out as a 21st century drum icon, and his passionate playing here reaffirms that status tenfold. Lowery guides the trip and his songwriting stands out as utterly gorgeous.
Jagged squeals resound at the start of "Thunderbird" as the band launches into a surprising and smart rocker. "Soapbox" ventures down a darker road, brilliantly. The single "Biggest Fan" cruises on another riff as the singer jabs, "You are your biggest fan".
Everything converges on the standout title track. Its dark catharsis proves utterly invigorating as everything crashes into a final strain of feedback. Ultimately, Call Me No One have crafted an unforgettable debut and one of the year's most intriguing, inviting, and infectious rock records. It's also a landmark for Lowery and Rose. Undoubtedly, whatever they do next will be mind-blowing.
Have you heard Last Parade?