Friday, March 5, 2010

Downhill From Here Review

On their self-titled debut, Davis, California band Downhill From Here have taken the best elements of rock from the past 30 years and melded them together into an album of very strong, catchy songs and very tight playing. “Like You”, along with many other songs on the album, takes the core instrumental elements of metal, but overlays them with a very strong sense of melody rarely heard in the genre. Midway through the album, they throw in “Dead Dogs”, a stadium anthem with the slightest touches of a much harder rocking (and much less pretentious) U2.

The common thread throughout the album is that every song absolutely rocks. Even when they slow things down a bit towards the end with “I’ll Go With You”, there is still a blistering guitar line and a strong urge to head-bang. It’s a short album, 8 tracks and clocking in at just over 30 minutes, but it never gets stale, each song carries over enough from the previous one to give a very good sense of flow, but mixes it enough up to keep things fresh.

Another very strong point is the amount of sheer talent the band displays. Jacob Cross on drums and Simon Rothenberg on bass run one of the tightest rhythm sections I’ve heard in a while, giving each song a rock solid basis. From the hard rocking riffs to the scorching solos, guitarist Nate Cenzer is always on the absolute top of his game, and singer Nat Lefkoff’s tremendous melodies and soaring vocals finish out the sound.

While it may not be bringing anything particularly new to the table, when you need an album that straight up rocks and wastes no time going about it, this CD is exactly what you’re looking for.

They have self-released the album, so if you want a copy, email me at and I will put you in touch with them.

I'll Go With You - Downhill From Here
One Step - Downhill From Here

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