I am incredibly critical of female lead bands in rock. I will show full support of anyone with a true talent, but I often feel like many just do it because they like the idea of being a rebel. In my opinion, most sound the same and follow in the same routine of over processing their vocals in the studio and thus being disappointing on stage, this being the case all across the board from punk to metal. You have to show me a unique quality in your music and in your tone to make me give you a second thought.
I don’t one-hundred percent feel like Roses Unread stepped away from this mold, but they do show an effort to stand out. With a sort of With Temptation quality to them, they definitely posses the right sound for their genre, and the right amount of talent to press on and be just as popular as said band, as long as they continue to grow and improve on the solid foundation they have built.
Their newest album The Silver Lining is a showcase of this talent, consisting of fourteen tracks that do their best to replicate a Breaking Benjamin sort of heaviness and set the idea that Roses Unread are hard rock.
Mixing the harmonies of lead Allison Teague Purifoy clean, classic vocals with masculine background growls joined by the darker tone set by the musicians there is a slightly gothic ambiance created throughout the entire album. There is a ‘true to type’ flow in each piece, almost to a fault. I didn’t feel like there was enough variance to make one song stand out. They know what they like and stuck to it, which though not necessarily a bad thing, it didn’t leave an impression on me. Again, they have something solid started. They posses talented musicians and vocals, and a path established as to the genre they wish to present themselves in, this all evident in The Silver Lining. I enjoyed the album and look forward to future works of Roses Unread.
Written by: Shannon Rae