AU­DIO REIGN

Find Your Way In­de­pen­dent

Blunt - - In Review -

If rock’n’roll is re­bel­lious, then Au­dio Reign are the kids who get to hang around to feel cool by as­so­ci­a­tion be­fore get­ting home at a rea­son­able hour. There’s noth­ing par­tic­u­larly bad about their brand of ra­dio-friendly ‘90s melodic rock, but the four-piece are re­luc­tant to leave their mu­si­cal safe zone. While the other kids are push­ing their mu­sic into new and chal­leng­ing ar­eas, Au­dio Reign have found some­thing that’s not too hard and set­tled in that spot. De­cent gui­tar so­los, pow­er­ful vo­cals and a few rea­son­ably heavy riffs kick the EP into gear, and oc­ca­sion­ally Au­dio Reign build up the con­fi­dence to let their cre­ative in­stincts un­leash with a few techy twists. But there’s a gen­eral re­luc­tance to com­mit, a sense of trep­i­da­tion that seems to force the band into pro­duc­ing some­thing that they know has helped past bands make it big.

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