A local Sacramento band who now stands alone in their genre
[Tribal Metal] since the break-up of Mahalah, Rezyn [Anthony-vocals/conga drums,
Mad Dog-guitars, Kit-bass/backup vocals, and Win-drums/percussion] are four band
members that are very misunderstood, unappreciated, yes even despised by many in
the downtown music "clique" [felt, even known by the band, it has been
so noted on their website, now also in the comments on the inner sleeve of this
Rezyn - Within
CD Review By Paula Wilson
writer would like to explore this issue further possibly [in a written editorial
from high atop my proverbial “soapbox”], in the interim I will only express
that this is once more an example of the hypocrisy so prevalent here on the
local music scene; in my humble opinion this is very undeserving, totally
disrespectful to the band members themselves, forgetting that they are still
musicians/artists and for that alone they warrant respect.
Although they may appear to many locally, and not just to
the uneducated eye or mind, as four misfits of society [long dreads, beards that
bear the occasional beads, tattooed, and pierced], they are indeed the true
essence of what rock-n-roll is all about. They have made their artistic
statement both image wise and musically; they do not care what the general
population thinks or says.
If our society remains so shallow, judgmental, and place
unwarranted stigmas on bands based solely on appearance, pity the fools who will
never experience the true talent that this band possesses, in addition to the
multitudes of underground artists today.
This is the first released long length CD by the band; it
is a combination of the two previous released EPs that you could obtain at a
"live" performance [although some songs have undergone some structural
changes], plus previously unreleased fan favorites, along with their newer
written material. It is an overall true picture of the band, Rezyn. Open your
mind to the possibilities; listen to the thirteen tracks on this album, and hear
the undeniable talent oozing out of your speakers.
album is non-stop, fast, hard-pounding, true heavy metal from the get-go!
I would take each track and comment on it individually. I
will not do this however with this album, I will give you the overall gist of
their sound, and let you the readers form your own unbiased opinion once you
genuinely explore the music.
Their musical persona consists of: harsh vocals, with an
occasional melodic overtone [Anthony has such an incredible range vocally; yes
he can even belt out a ballad as seen on the Pus Cavern’s Christmas CD 2002];
strongly executed heavy metal guitar riffs/melodies; incredibly heavy rumbling,
borderline brutal bass chords; and by far, one of Sacramento’s best drummers,
that uses double bass, combined with heavily driven sticks to create his unique
trance-inducing style with extreme "ghostly" tribal effects
Top off their musical persona with an extreme stage
presence, exuding an over abundance of male testosterone, you have the makings
of an overall awesome show band!
Their fan base is strong; their faithful Rezyn followers
adorned in their t-shirts become a blur in the total frenzy taking place in the
chaotic mosh pits. One cannot help becoming entranced by the overall
performance, the thumping sound, and the primal interjections belted out by both
Anthony and Kit. It becomes physically impossible not to find one, head bobbing,
or foot stomping right along with the other audience members all a safe distance
from the utter madness that is front center stage!
Overall Impression: A totally
predictable and incredible recording by the band. In this writer’s opinion
another “must have” in your collection of local talent. Note: key word there
was Talent! Check out the band website: http://www.rezynmusic.com