Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Avision Red

Considered the best kept secret of Boulder, Colorado, Avision Red, is a fantastic mix of hard rock technique, progressive prowess and alternative vocals. Consisting of David (vocals and guitar), Josh (guitar), DJ, (bass), and Shawn (drums), Avision Red blends smooth, melodic vocals with raw guitar riffs and interesting stylistic drumming that reminds of Roger Taylor of Queen and possibly even Keith Moon of The Who. David's and Josh's guitar licks interplay perfectly like that of Phil Collin and the late Steve Clark of Def Leppard. And DJ's bass sounds like that almost taken from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. I listened to their first song, "Dead to the Last," and immediately decided I had to hear their other, "Every Promise a Person." Just when it seems Shawn's crazy, Keith Moon-style drumming threatens to throw the song of its heels, DJ's bass line, Josh's guitar, and David's vocals bring it all back to an exciting and anthemic chorus with a strong riff, feeding into a frenzied solo. If you haven't heard these guys, put it at the top of your to-do list. Colorado's best kept secret, and possibly the state's new contribution to hard rock, Avision Red, are not to be ignored.

Sounds Like: Def Leppard, Sonic Youth, Queen

Key Tracks: "Dead to the Last," "Every Promise a Person"

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