Fans of Sevendust will know that Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose have been working on a side project, under the name Call Me No One. Having gone into the studio in New Jersey on January 22, they were joined by Rek Mohr on bass with Alan Price assisting on guitar. The result is the storming 12-track album, ‘Last Parade.’
While it goes without saying that Sevendust’s loyal followers will look into the release, what can we expect? The answer is, quite simply, some hard-hitting metal mayhem that will appeal to fans of names like CKY and Drowning Pool. The duo up the ante on the drums and blistering guitar work while the vocals are delivered with a clarity that fans of Nonpoint or Dark New Day will recognize.
From the start, Call Me No One set a frenetic pace with ‘The World Is Dead,’ and ‘Thunderbird.’ As expected, Morgan Rose’s drumming provides the spine while Clint Lowery’s guitar work adds the momentum. Next up, the emotionally charged, ‘Soapbox’ drifts from straight metal to some emo-core moments, yet never far enough to leave hardcore fans cold, before ‘Hillbilly’ once again ups tempo with some deft lead guitar work playing across the driving track. ‘All’s Well’ is a classic slice of American metal in the style of names like Nickelback, with its rolling pace and hard-edged pulses.
The charge is continued with the first single, ‘Biggest Fan,’ before ‘Pleased To Meet You,’ and, particularly, ‘Broken Record,’ see Lowery and Rose slow matters down a little as they explore a different metal territory than that associated with Sevendust. That is not to say that it won’t appeal; metal fans will certainly not be disappointed as the band adds some extra touches to their usual style for this album. Instead of a departure, it sounds like the various members had a chance to stretch their wings and fly in some different directions.
‘Surpirse Me’ sees the usual guitar and drums accented by some rolling piano, which offers a real edge to the sound and makes the track stand out. ‘War Song’ brings crashing drums and furiously swirling guitar before the album is rounded off with the title track, ‘Last Parade.’
Fans of US metal should definitely check out Call Me No One’s debut, regardless of whether they are followers of Sevendust or not.
‘Last Parade’ has staked its claim as a contender for metal album of the year…