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GROOVER Review: OFF GRID ‘Flatland’

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Israeli-based rock band Off Grid are back, this time with the first original song they wrote as a band, Flatland. After sending me an instrumental track last time I look forward to hearing their music with vocals, but Off Grid make me wait a little with a dreamy intro passage that sets the mood nicely.

Guitars kick in first with a chunky riff that livens things up before singer May Shemtov fires up, and it’s certainly worth the wait.

He has a soothing set of rock lungs that sound as though he could cut loose at any moment. Which he dutifully does, soaring in time with the music and reaching awesome highs that still manage to retain elements of his manhood.

Alon ‘Tewl’ Tamir sets his guitar alight just after the two-minute mark with a scintillating but brief solo that is quickly reigned in by a measured drum pattern that restores the status quo.

Shemtov releases some more vocal surprises, conducting the musical score with ease and confidence before the track recedes gradually into a mellower version of itself fleetingly until Tamir reignites his guitar flame and rips out another timely solo that coaxes Shemtov into an awesome finale that sees him soar majestically into a vocal closing passage that is mesmerizing and engaging.

No wonder these guys decided to continue as a band with their first writing effort as solid as this!

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