Victum’s “The Grey Area” reviewed

7 Jan


There’s no denying it: Victum is here to rock.

The Batesville-based rock band released its debut album, “The Grey Area,” in mid-December, and the album is full of solid rock music.

Following in the footsteps of bands like Hinder, Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Victum’s radio-friendly rock mixes tough lyrics with melodic guitars.

The album opener, “Hide,” is sets the pace for the rest of the record. It begins with a slow piano melody – hinting at the power ballads to come – but kicks in with a huge scream, drums and heavy guitars. It’s easy to imagine hearing this song on the radio.

The album closer, “24. 7,” shows the band’s tender side. It’s a simple ballad that most groups would’ve ripped through, but Victum really slows down and takes its time with the song.

Victum’s major appeal is also its downfall, though – sometimes the band sounds so much like some of rock’s major players that Victum’s unique sound could get lost in the mix.

For example, “Rock Wit You” is a party anthem worthy of Buckcherry, while “Memories of You” is reminiscent of Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel.” Both songs sound great on “The Grey Area,” but may need to sound a little more unique to stand out on rock radio.

But more than anything, Victum has made a record full of solid, sturdy rock ‘n’ roll. The guys in the band clearly know who they are and what they can make, and they definitely succeeded on this record.

For more information on Victum or to buy “The Grey Area,” check out the band’s MySpace page.

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