Too Tall Grizzly – Stream of Unconsciousness
Record Label: Broken English
Release Date: July 22, 2010
Connecticut’s Too Tall Grizzly are a metalcore band in vain of acts such as Every Time I Die and Emanuel.
How is it?
Stream of Unconsciousness is fast paced, raucous, and full of fervor. It’s nigh impossible not to compare vocalist Nick Wedge to Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley, as he sounds like a younger Buckley in the flesh. Even tracks such as “Hollow Men Float” and “Brooks Was Here” mimic ETID’s sound; however, this is not a problem, as Too Tall Grizzly do a solid job drawing from these influences. For being so young, Nick Wedge is clearly one of the better lyricists in the genre, and alike to his vocals, his lyrics will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Buckley’s own.
Opener “The Big Finish” kicks off with brutal screams over Jesse Luciani’s fast drum beats. Immediately, it is evident that Too Tall Grizzly aren’t about to let off the gas pedal on Stream of Unconsciousness; the entire ride never slows for a second. Wedge screams his lungs out throughout the EP’s entirety, and guitarists Bobby Marino and Ryan Wilson set the tone for each track. “Pretendonitis” is a swift punch in the face before breaking into an all out battery. “No Time For Lionel” is back breaking with ferocious screams and some of Wedge’s best lyrics; conversely, “Save Your Star Power” exemplifies Too Tall Grizzly’s effective clean vocals. The final beat down “Brooks Was Here” embodies each aspect of TTG’s skills into one cohesive ultimate scorcher.
While Stream of Unconsciousness may not bleed originality, Too Tall Grizzly puts their best foot forward throughout the dominating EP, with each track keeping the pace at 10. For only their second EP, great things are sure to come in the heavy music world for Too Tall Grizzly.