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Guns of August
"Denver" b/w "Cease to Exist" 7"
Act Your Age Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Guns of August most notably feature front man Dwayne Cathey from Cedars of Lebanon on vocals, which is a very good thing. I saw COL play a show with Braid years ago and thought they were one of the more promising bands I had come across in some time. I'm assuming they are gone, but the Guns of August are a nice place from which to pick up and move on. "Denver" is a slow moving rocker which wanders in and out of clean and distorted guitars with punchy, start-stop drumming and meandering bass. This formula has definitely been run through in the past but I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.

Every press blurb about this band mentions Jawbreaker, which is a pretty weighty comparison. On Side A there isn't much of that reference apparent, but "Cease to Exist" is definitely constructed and played in the vein of Jawbreaker. Ringing guitars with plenty of drive and big but quick breakdowns. Cathey's raspy vocals really fit well on this track and the percussion is pushed to the forefront in the mix to a positive end. Nice.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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