Exit Elvis absolutely explodes right off the bat.
"Left for Dead" is that hit rock song just waiting to
be released. With the big guitars of Leo Mellace and the programming
of Steve Ferlazzo, you can tell though that Tribe of Judah is
not your average rock band.
With an ever-changing sound, TOJ moves between
many different sounds and styles on the disc, led by the array
of vocal effects used by singer Gary Cherone. From the picturesque
"Ambiguous Headdress" to the rocking first single "Thanks
for Nothing," TOJ cover all the musical bases and spectrums.
The disc really shines though with rockers
"No One," "Suspension of Disbelief," "My
Utopia" and "Thanks For Nothing." Not resting on
their laurels though, TOJ take a very big musical lead at the
end of the disc with the rock-opera-esque title track, "Exit
Elvis." This nearly 7 minute song is all over the board with
acoustic guitars, violins, a woman singer, and a very impressive
solo by Mallace to name a few. I was actually very surprised at
the song, and more so that they were able to pull it off. I would
love to check out a full disc like "Exit Elvis."
The only real track that missed the point was
"2+2." Featuring a little girl reciting a 45 second
nursery rhyme written by Cherone, it just completely breaks the
groove of the disc. While it catches your attention, I would have
much rather another song.
Exit Elvis is a great disc that you
can just put on and let spin, not something I can say about too
many discs. A great first step by a band that you can just see
get better as the disc goes on. I expect a lot of good things
from the Tribe of Judah in the future.