This review covers the rock track Point Defiance – Union of Nothing.
This track was released in 2002 on a self-titled album. Point Defiance is more or less the same band as Grindstone. One of the noticeable difference, however, is that Point Defiance has a more acoustic sound compared to the older Grindstone style.
Point Defiance has a rather distinct sound – namely with the main vocalist. There’s an accent that I can’t quite place and the voice itself in the vocals isn’t your standard rock vocals sound. This, by the way, is actually good because there is something I really like about the vocals.
This track also features the more or less standard rock sound, though it should be noted that there is some interesting solo work as well that gives this track a distinct sound.
I think for those who’ve listened to this band when they were Grindstone and heard the Point Defiance sound, there’s a bit of a split opinion on whether this new direction was a positive or negative one. Some people like the less filtered sound, but for me, with the seemingly fewer filters added in a track like this, I can’t help but think the sound is just a little bit weaker. In this case, the vocals start to get a little lost in the guitar chords. This is a subtle thing for me, but it is worth pointing out. Whether it’s because the vocals are hitting certain frequencies that clash with the guitar chords or maybe the vocals just needed to be nudged forward a bit, I can’t really figure that out.
Still, this is a pretty good track. I don’t think it’s as strong as the track Grindstone – Everything, but there are positive elements in this track that is appreciable. Definitely worth listening to.
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