Kicking things off with a thumping guitar riff, opening number “Fires” introduces listeners to Sonic Cartel with a considerable bit of noise. While the production of the track has much to be desired, the Bowie-esque vocal will likely entice and excite those who miss the great man and his music.
“Point Of View”, instrumentally at least, follows along similar lines and lyrically, it’s much more catchy than its predecessor. On a side note, I dare you not to think of Geri Halliwell thanks to the line: “scream if you want to go faster.” (c’mon, you know you remember it…)
Injecting just a little bit of Guns ‘N’ Roses style into proceedings, albeit in a slightly less rocky way, “Consumed” would make for a great single and is sure to find itself being air-guitared along to in bedrooms across the country.
Closer “Tell Me What You Mean” starts off quite sombre, but don’t worry, the melancholy vibe doesn’t last long and the pounding drums soon kick in, playing second fiddle to the strongest vocal performance of the EP, ensuring it ends on as strong a note as it started.
For a rather (as-yet at least) unknown band, through this collection, which is out on October 31st, Sonic Cartel make their first notable impression on the ever growing and ever competitive music industry. However, given the market and the acts they’re following in the footsteps of, quite where and how far they go from here remains somewhat debatable.