Room of Confusion is the debut album from Sevenhurtz, a five-piece from Australia. We recently touched on them in their home country’s edition of “Scene Specific”, and now we’re gonna obviously totally expand on that with a full-ass look at what these Gold Coasters are all about.
The eleven-track Room of Confusion is largely a throwback: elements of grunge and other nineties alternative come through, as does the nu-metal heyday from the early 2000s. It starts off with “Crave”, which features a main guitar part that I think might have delay or some slight effect? (I don’t know, I’m fairly musically-inclined but I don’t recognize everything – and unlike some people, I don’t pretend otherwise!) It’s good, anyway. “Elzijka” follows, with simple-but-solid stunted chords and name-dropping of the album title. The drums are good too, making good use of several toms. “Just The Moment” is next and one of my favourites, starting off with cool sliding up and down the strings and all-in-all jacking the pace up a bit. This is actually a great song for featuring every instrument: they all have their moments in the spotlight. Right after things are jacked up, the album takes it first slower turn with “Let Me Feel My Way Down”. It features the first…feature!…of clean guitar, which the main riff provides. Up next is “Take Me Away”, which initially sounds a lot like “Blow Up The Outside World” by Soundgarden – it’s uncanny actually, and I of course write that in my best but-that-of-course-isn’t-intentional-there’s-way-too-much-music-out-there-to-not-sound-similar-to-something description. It does speed up a bit later on for a good tune all-around, and if you’re thinkin’ “hey I like Soundgarden!”, well you just wait until the final paragraph when we rhyme off some other artists Sevenhurtz remind of!
Okay, into the second half of the album (because it hit the halfway point during “Take Me Away” LOL) we go for “Soften the Shell”, which gives the drums even more of a tinny, hollow sound which I always like (and think is something you can jerk around on the snare). “Set You Free” is the first extended chance the bassline has to be prominent, and features layered vocals throughout. “The Fountain” – Room of Confusion’s first single – is next, and my favourite part has gotta be the copious ride cymbal in the chorus. Brand new single “New Morning” is the new next track, with dirty guitars and a vibe that’s got a Weezer/Social Distortion thing going on. Penultimate track “Drifting Love” slows the album down again, bringing back clean guitars and offering the album’s softest – and I use that term kinda lightly – track. Finally, “Wasted My Time” goes power-poppy and features spoken-word vocals over the singing in the chorus – a refrain of “you have wasted/time in your life”. It’s the most punk-inspired song on the album, and a standout to close it out.
Listening to Room of Confusion, it seemed like a new artist was popping into my head every minute. Sevenhurtz alternately remind me of Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Mudvayne, Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, Staind, those mentioned in previous paragraphs and several others. Clint Hansen’s voice is quite deep, and reminds me a ton of someone who’s totally escaping my mind and yay for thinking purgatory right!? But yeah, it’s hard rock vocals – you’ll dig (Dig!?). Dig, you will!