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  • It’s hard to avoid the Tool comparisons when talking about Earshot. The style of guitar playing and Wil Martin’s vocals at specific points do call to mind one band fronted by Maynard James Keenan, and it’s easy for people to write Earshot off as a wannabe Tool clone, but to do so would be ignorant. Tool’s superior musical ability aside, Earshot is quite obviously shooting for radio-friendly hard rock in the same vein as Soil or Stereomud, and in that light, Earshot does well. Tracks like Wait, Down, and Control are melodically catchy and heavy at the same time, and the album as a whole does a great job of keeping the listener entertained. There is the unfortunate problem of sameness among tracks, but it never becomes a serious problem, perhaps due to a combination of the skill of the band and the fast pace of the album. The band members know their strengths, and never seem to excess, instead choosing to keep each song as short and tight as possible. The one deviation from the heavy rock course is Should’ve Been There, an acoustic number that seems to be a staple of many nu-metal bands at this point in time. However, unlike their peers, Earshot chooses not to venture into a hokey love ballad, and instead creates a pleading piece about seperation. This brings us back to the subject of Wil Martin, who may briefly sound like Keenan at some moments, but is mostly holding his own, while always sounding honest and believable in his rantings. While Earshot sometimes yanks pages out of the big nu-metal songbook, they do pull off their cliches, making Two a solid choice for fans of the genre.

    Posted on November 14, 2009