What I liked: Great guitar skills, good song composition
What I could do without: Too much screaming, annoying and distracting vocals
Metal/Stoner Rock/Doom band Romero, hailing from Madison WI, is coming on strong with some hard hitting music on their collective, Take the Potion. Loud guitars, screaming vocals, and overall punishing experience makes listeners stand up and pay attention. This band is not one to be content in the shadows– they want to be heard loud and clear, and succeed. If hard, dark music that has no mercy is your thing, then Romero is the band for you.
Title track “Take the Potion” is a hard rock song with great guitar playing and an up-tempo beat. Lead singer Jeffrey Mundt has a deep, throaty voice that works well with this type of music. He can scream out the lyrics with ease– and the growl of his voice goes perfectly with the grit of the music. Its great head banging music, with the thrashing guitars, loud drums, and throaty singing. On “Couch Lock,” the tempo is really slowed down and mellow– the perfect song to get high and chill to. The guitars are hard and punishing, but soothing at the same time. One doesn’t really have to think much listening to this song, but the screaming does get to be annoying after awhile. The guttural, shrill screams interspersed throughout have the potential to jar a person out of their marijuana funk, but the awesome guitar playing on the second half of the song when the tempo picks up compensates for the distracting vocals. “Solitaire” is a really dark, moody song with slinky guitars and pounding percussion. The vocals are haunting, but hard to make out. Less screaming, and doing without the two voices grunting together would probably have worked better with this song. The instrumentation is great, but is diminished somewhat by the disturbing vocals. With some work on the singing aspects of this song, it would be a much better song.
Romero is a Metal/Hard Rock band that has a good ear for good composition. The guitar skills of this band are insane, and the music haunting and memorable. One area this band should focus on is the vocals. The gritty, growling texture of the vocals fit perfectly with the style of music– but a little screaming goes a long way. Too much of it gets tiring after awhile, and can take away from the impact of the songs. But despite this slight misstep, Romero is a band with talent that can go far in the music business.
Connect: Fan Page @romeroisloud