For those of you that remember a hard-rock/nu-metal band from earlier this century called Flaw, you are in for a treat in 2014! For those of you that remember Flaw from their soundtrack appearance on Vin Diesels XxX film and are secretly hoping for another XxX movie, this might be bit of a disappointment.
The main songwriter and vocalist for the band, Chris Volz remains one of my favourites to date. I am not sure why, as he is not in really line to eclipse vocalist-songwriters such as Tim Lambsis or even Serj Tankian on technical terms in my book.
Seeing as he does bring something special to the table, I find it interesting that I never really grew into his Five Bolt Main side project, nor did I really enjoy any of his solo stuff to any appreciable extent.
He was a really good fit with Flaw, especially with the original line up. And it turns out they are releasing an album, written and recorded by the original Flaw line up, some time in 2014!
On that note, I enjoyed their second album (Endangered Species – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bsjSaIDPig) more than I did the first, simply because I always felt they had only properly matured into their signature sound around this time. I think they had also replaced one guitarist by then, so I cannot account for the influence of the new guy on the sound second album, but an original line up is close enough, so I’ll be hoping this new release will be enough to warrant excitement.
Back to the original line up and their first album – Through The Eyes, this song is one of their lesser known-, but more radio-friendly, tracks with quite the display of Chris Voltz’s vocal ability. It is seriously pretty! (If this can be ever considered an apt description of a “metal” song)
There is one more song I think really never seemed to get the attention I always felt it deserved, it was a song called Amendment – Through the Eyes. This song has gone under appreciated in my personal experience, and probably has to be considered one of their most progressive. Try it out. It has distinct early 2000 nu-metal tinge to it, which can be expected since that was what was “trending” in metal in the days before “trending” was thing.
To end off this post which originally started merely to share an update of what these guys were up to, the have launched an Indigogo campaign to gather monetary support for the upcoming US tour in support of the new album. You can support them here. http://igg.me/at/Flaw/x And since I am too retarded to get this embedded in this here weblog I will give you the poor man solution – screenshot + link 🙂 By the way, there are 50 T-shirts up for grabs to those who contribute $35 or more.
Now there remains little else for me to do but stick to my two-Flaw-album-playlist for the rest of this Friday and get on top of this Otsu threshold algorithm for my contribution to the EBImage package (R), should the author be so kind as to accept my code contribution.