Rise – …From the Ruins

…From the Ruins
1991 Awakened Records
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Allison Ballew – Vocals
John Sexton – Guitar, vocals
Steve Coates – Bass
Henry Anglin – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Director’s Chair
  2. The Bridge

Side 2:

  1. In Limbo
  2. Possibility

I really didn’t know anything about this band, but I converted it mainly based on the fact that Kevin 131 of Sorrow of Seven / Aleixa fame helped produce it, and there is a dedication to Mark Heard in the liner notes. Interesting mixture. So is this more folk / Americana like Heard, or industrial / metal of Aleixa? Does the presences of former So7 / Aleixa vocalist Laurel Snapper on backing vocals sway this more to industrial? Nope. This is alternative rock with female vocals. But Allison Ballew has more of the powerhouse vocals you typically see in metal than the forcefully fragile vocals you usually see in 90s female-fronted alt rock. The band utilizes this difference well, creating some moody yet driving alt rock that has just enough U2 influence to connect with 80s fans, but enough indie rock drive to propel it into the 90s. Don’t know if this band went anywhere, but it would be a shame of they didn’t. This demo is a bit different, but I really liked it. The last song “Possibility” is possibly my favorite track – very catchy but different and out there at the same time.

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