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  • 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