Honeycreeper – Freakqualizer (CD)

Honeycreeper – Freakqualizer / 2005 Planet A / 11 Tracks / http://www.honeycreeper.net / Reviewed 15 October 2006

At first blush, I thought Honeycreeper was going to come with a very jam band type of sound. “Your Voice” is the first track on the disc, and the female vocals are different enough that individuals will largely ignore the rest of the instrumentation on the track. This is not to say that the instrumentation on the track is sub par in any way, but that the vocals are so powerful that it is hard to really keep stock on both paths.

At the end of “Your Voice”, Honeycreeper has blended hard rock and alt rock with an earlier acid type of rock. The inclusion of a very Eastern type of horn towards the last section of the track gives individuals a boost and will refocus their energies to allow them to stick with the rest of the disc. None of the tracks on “Freakqualizer” are short by any stretch of the imagination, as “In The End” claims the “shortest” tag at almost four minutes and ten seconds. Honeycreeper is a perfect example of a band that has a high amount of chaos in each and every track that they put on this album, but is the rare case of a band being talented enough to rope everything in. However different each track sounds from the rest of the songs on the album, the fact is that Honeycreeper is inching closer to the creation of a cohesive sound on “Freakqualizer”.

The disc’s eleven track mesh well into each other, and Honeycreeper sticks around until the rational end of their album. An individual is an hour later if they just sit back and listen to “Freakqualizer”, and the quality of Honeycreeper is such that I do not believe that a single person will regret that. While there are nods to the current genres of rock, the general sound of Honeycreeper is stuck in a slightly earlier period. The vocalist sounds at times like the vocalist from Flight 180, a forgotten Christian rock band of the late nineties. I’m not sure where the band can go from here, as the confidence of the act in this style is solid throughout One might get tired of Honeycreeper if they did the same type of thing for their next album, but to be honest, I’m not sure how they can tinker with their problem. Give this album a listen, even if the lyrics they throw down about punching themselves in the brain are a little goofy.

Top Tracks: Theses Days, Landmind

Rating: 6.4/10

[JMcQ]

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