Fireworks

The Letter Black - 'Hanging On By A Thread' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/db/d6/81/759_TheLetterBlackHangingOnByAThread_1288204605.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 27, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3318   0   1   0   0   0

Despite the religious undertones on this full length debut, I'll be back for the next one!

Hot on the heels of 2009's 6 track 'Breaking The Silence' EP, The Letter Black return with their debut full length album. The Pennsylvania based 4 piece, formed in 2006, have attracted a lot of attention on the back of tours supporting Skillet and, judging by the reaction so far to 'Hanging On By A Thread', the future looks anything but black. The punchy opening one two of 'Fire With Fire' and 'Invisible' lays down the CDs foundations and the comparisons to Skillet, for me anyway, are immediate. The main difference is that Skillet rely heavily on male lead vocals with prominent female backing and The Letter Black have a female lead singer.

Sara Anthony has a commanding yet highly melodic delivery and along with husband (and guitarist) Mark Anthony has crafted a well balanced set of songs. Though a few of the tracks lack a certain immediacy, after several plays they eventually register and then fail to leave. 'Believe' is again very reminiscent of Skillet. Featuring some nice string passages and a strong Mark Anthony backing vocal it's one of the albums instant highlights. Three tracks are carried forward from the EP, namely 'Moving On', 'Best Of Me' and 'Hanging On By A Thread'. All are very strong, both musically and lyrically, bringing to mind both Avril Lavigne and Skillet once more. The use of strings works well throughout and 'Best Of Me' benefits most, containing some of the CDs subtler moments. The song structure of both 'My Disease' and 'I'm Just Fine' made me think of Flyleaf or Fireflight but with stronger vocals and a little less angst. The aggressive framework of 'All I Want' is complimented nicely by the melody overload of 'More To This', both showcasing some great Sara Anthony vocals once more.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The albums lyrical themes concentrate, in the main, on relationship issues and also reflect on Sara & Mark Anthony's social conscience. The preaching is kept to a minimum and the religious messages are subtly embedded within the context of each song. 'Hanging On By A Thread' contains no out and out ballads yet there is enough variation to keep the interest levels high and the production & engineering, courtesy of Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down), breathes life into everything nicely and just lets the strength of the material do the work. There are no extended musical work-outs, just a series of 3 or 4 minute instant hits and amongst the 13 tracks on offer nothing I would really call 'filler'. I went to church once, didn't like it and never returned unless under duress. Despite the religious undertones on the full length debut The Letter Black CD, I'll be back for the next one!

Dave Bott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  February 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.
  • Transmet1972 : I cant access the files for 2 downloadable mags i purchased. Site wint
  • Graham : Hi guys i wonder if anyone knows what happend to Greg Parker who formed the band Ozz that released 2 Lps in 1980,
  • Berny : HEAVEN'S TRAIL premiere their new lyric video on Rocktopia. Check out the news section ... «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : @Berny did another lyric video for ROYAL HUNT. Pls. check out our news aection and watch the video on YouTube ... «link»
  • Hysteria : @ Rocktopia Team: GREAT SONG & VIDEO!!! Thanks for sharing!
  • Rocktopia Te : EXCLUSIVE Guild Of Ages music video premiere! Check out «link» ! Did you like the video? Please send us your comments!
  • Berny : Check out the new live reviews: http;//livereviews.rocktopia.co.uk

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site