RiR conquer the fine thread and rock the high wire,
This review is from: Intentions (Audio CD)
Despite the truly horrific cover art, label title and Norwegian rock lineage, Rumble In Rhodos are not a rubbish death/sludge metal band. Neither are they the no-wave influenced post-punk band that they were hyped as. Mercifully, they're not even a bunch of media posturing emo wannabes. No, they rock.
Intentions is an album layered with tech-rock post-hardcore of the ilk of At The Drive-In and even a little Muse in places forming the backdrop for very Blood Brothers-esque screamo, art-punk vocals. The whole package is then burnished to a frictionless sheen, baby-proofing those sharp corners of their influences, making an accessible rock record for the masses. If this were on a major label, with better cover art, and four more hook-laden tunes to complement the existing eight tracks, it would go gold. It would perform that tightrope walk and go gold while still retaining underground credibility.
It's a very good record: I'm just uploading it to my iPod now.