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  • God I love this CD. I first saw Flaw play with Sevendust in a small club in Cincinnati and was [mad] that I didn’t get to see their full set. If the 2nd opening act (Gravity Kills) didn’t [STUNK], Sevendust would have had a hard time following Flaw. This band has a unique style that’s not readily apparent on first listen. Think about this, how do you make yourself distinct in a world with a thousand new (nu?) metal bands popping up everywhere. There’s no scratching or DJ work here (thank god), just amazing melodies, fantastic, crushing riffs, great song structure and two complimentary voices. I don’t think Flaw has even hit their peak yet, Through the Eyes will be seen as a classic in a few years once the Hoobastanks and Linkin Parks dissapear. Chris’ lyrics are incredibly deep and complex and you can feel the genuine pain and anguish in his work. BUY THIS CD

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This cd is excellent. In a genre of music where almost every CD sounds the same, Flaw blew everybody else away with this one. Easily one of the best CD’s of the decade so far.

    The CD starts off with “Only The Strong”, a number with a heavy riff that showcases Chris Volz’s excellent voice. Volz has one of the most beautiful singing voices I’ve ever heard, and combines it with some screaming at times. The second track and first single “Payback” is an example of this, as Volz’s screaming during the chorus is awesome, and adds a lot of energy to the track. Then we get to the albums BEST song, and one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. “My Letter”. It’s amazing, driven by emotionally charged lyrics, and stayed stuck in my head for months after the first time I heard it. Easily the best song Flaw has done, and obviously the best on the album. “Whole” is another emotional song lyrically, and is pretty good, though not their best. “Amendment” is my 2nd favorite on here, it’s got extremely heavy riffs and verses, followed by a beautiful bridge which ends with a screamed obscenity (‘We’re the recipients of hate, motherf***er’). It gave me chills the first time I heard it, its awesome. Also of note, “Amendment” is over 5 minutes in length. Not many new metal bands pull off songs over 4 minutes, or write songs this well. “Scheme” is another great heavy song. “Best I Am” is a slower ballad, very well written. “Reliance” is a very pissed-off song that rocks hard, and “One More Time” is a great closer with some good lyrics. But it’s not the end. There’s the hidden track version of “Only The Strong” which is just Chris Volz singing the song with a piano in the background. It’s beautiful, and contrasts the heavy version that the CD starts with perfectly. So overall, this is an amazing CD, one of the best ever in my opinion. I’d recommend it to anybody and everybody (and if you’re still not interested in buying the album, at least check out “My Letter” or “Amendment”). 10/10 for sure.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • first off, i have to say this is one of the most amazing debut cds in recent memory. i think all the songs are soild, driving songs with strong emotions and guitars.

    unlike most bands, FLAW is very versitale in their sound. they can punish you with blistering guitars and booming drums one minute, then soothe you with beautiful harmonies and melodies. the drums are killer. the bass is crazy. the guitars are brutal. the vocals are so deeply ranged. its a great group.

    Check Out: “amendmant” “my letter” “scheme” “out of whack” and “payback”

    sounds like: Mudvayne x Tool + Staind.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I remember, the first time I heard Flaw almost two years ago right before Christmas of 03. I was quite sick with the flu and laying down watching music choice Metal (channel 410) My jaw dropped to the floor. The song playing was “Only The Strong” which is still one of my favorite songs of all time. Which was quite suprising being that by that time I was mostly into melodic death metal/ black metal and thrash metal ( Cradle of Filth, Emperor, In Flames, At The Gates,Dark Tranquility and Opeth for a few examples). However, there was just something about the lyrics and vocals and such that I loved. I didn’t actually buy the cd until the Summer of 04. When I did though, you better believe I listened to it day and night. Chris’ singing just seems powerful and incredible, one of the best vocalist I have heard in a while. Also, he doesn’t go down to the level of having lame new age metal lyrics like ” I’ll break your face if you look at my girlfriend.” or corny things such as that. They’re well thought out.

    Only The Strong – 1000/10 As I said before, this is one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics really hit home for me and i feel a true attachment to this one. Best song here.

    Payback – 9/10 Starts out with a nice bassline then the drums and distorted guitars kick in. One of the heavier tracks here.

    My Letter – 10/10 Great ballad type song, the vocals in here are just powerful. Can’t get enough.

    Get Up Again – 10/10 One of the best songs here, the lyrics seem to have a real reflective feel to them.

    Whole – 10/10 A great metal track, I love the lyrics in them. Just the way Chris sings them, you can feel the emotion.

    Amendment – 9/10 Starts out slow but as the song goes on it begins to get heavier. Goes inbetween near screams and singing.

    Scheme – 8/10 ALOT of distorted guitars here, the drumming is the best on the album here.

    What I Have to do – 10/10 has a real ” My Letter” feel to it, which is great. the vocals in the chorus are just incredible.

    Inner Strength – 9/10 starts out with a single guitar riff and grows into a beast with the help of Chris’ vocals.

    Best I am – 10/10 From the first secodns of the guitar melodies I knew this was going to be a great ballad.

    Out of Whack – 8.5/10 I know, lame song title. I thought it might be a lame angst song, I guessed wrong.

    Reliance – 9/10 While most of the focus on this album is on the vocals, the guitar/drum section takes over here.

    One More Time – 9/10 Good closing song, starts out with some low drum work and some awesome singing. Ending on a strong note.

    So, to end this. I don’t care what metal you like. This one deserves a spot in your collection, Enjoy.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s finding music by accident. I stumbled upon Fear Factory and Machine Head that way, and became a faithful listener after taking a shot in the dark.The accident that got me to buy Flaw’s “Through The Eyes” was an interesting one. I had been watching MTV (I know, I know) recently, and lamenting the continued demise of Headbanger’s Ball what with all the good metal bands that are out nowadays. Lo and behold, I’m watching the late-night show called “Extreme Rock”, and this band just nails my feet to the floor, freezes my channel-surfing finger, and makes my brain leak out my ears.Flaw’s “Whole” was the first song I heard, and it made my hair stand on end. Chris Volz’s voice is surely trained for opera or other classic singing styles, as he is melodic and can hit notes from low to high with impunity. The voice is only part of the attack, however, as Volz’s lyrics mirror those of Staind’s Aaron Lewis in their honesty, simplicity, and emotion. The band’s polished talent rounds out the sound, creating music that grooves at times, trudges at times, but is always exciting.There are no bad songs on this album, but my favorites are “Whole,” “Only the Strong,” “Amendment,” “My Letter,” and “What I have to do.” Every song features Volz’s vocals as the centerpiece, and his astonishing range is punctuated by guttural screams and the occasional rapped section. While I would not classify Flaw as rap-rock, I think they dabble successfully in that area.Overall this is a talented musical combo whose sound is led and carried by an amazing singer. I think fans of Tool, Staind, and Sevendust would like this record, and I urge the rest of you to at least listen to the sample of “Whole” on this website. I guarantee you’ll be hooked in.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now