Review: Blowsight – ‘Destination Terrorville’

Posted: December 24th, 2007
Contributed By: Nick

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Released Independently on June 14th 2007
Blowsight is:
Niklas Fagerstorm (Vocals/Guitar)
Serban Carapancea (Guitar)
Fabien Perreau (Drums)

Overview: Blowsight make their nest in Stockholm, Sweden and decided to give the music world a try when they got together nearly four years ago. After that, things just kinda got good for these dudes. Blowsight took some of their material and whipped it up on the internet and allowed listeners to freely “collect ‘em all!”; the move proved bountiful, as legions of people flocked to the band’s music seemingly overnight. In response to the, well, response to the songs they put online, as well as the solid grassroots following constructed through a persistent touring regiment, Blowsight tucked themselves away in the studio and tracked what would become their debut record. ‘Destination Terrorville‘ is that debut, and although released independently, many of the album’s tracks are being plucked by European-branch majors.

The Good: Destination Terrorville‘ is a hefty slice of electro-tinged hard rock, and although this has implications of being yet another hackneyed post nu-metal affair, Blowsight continually prove their maturity in songwriting and musicianship. The album’s first tune is “SheDevil”, a thick and hooky powerhouse that gives you an insightful glimpse into the album’s direction. “All That Is Wrong” follows suit, as its punchy and gritty verses are tied together through a soaring chorus, while “Terrorville” continues the trend, supplying the album with one of its most combative and driving tirades; behind the mic, this moment is where frontman Niklas Fagerstrom begins a brisk ascension in his range and delivery, providing ‘Destination Terrorville‘ with healthy doses of depth and harmony. “If You Were Me” is Blowsight’s first disco ball moment, and its hypersensitive tone and blatantly smash chorus make the track worthy of repeat spins. “The Simple Art (Of Making You Mine)” sees Blowsight implementing all they have gleaned from Papa Roach and teach them a thing or two in the process, as the slyly upbeat anthem is chockfull of frenetic yet infectious choppy patterns. “Thought of Bride” is a middle of the road cut until the simple, yet effective growling and the overall ferocity of the bridge transform it into a crescendo showcase. “How I Get What I Deserve” is one of the more thought provoking songs on ‘Destination Terrorville‘, armed with a retro overtones and interesting lyrics; the song’s chorus battles anything Three Days Grace did on ‘One-X‘, by the way. “Over the Surface” sees Blowsight returning to lights dim, lighters up, but once again, the band prove their penchant for pairing melancholy verses with shamelessly blithe choruses, and making it stick time after time. “Red Eyes” is for all those Dog Fashion Disco fans out there in regards to electronic infusions, and this intriguing track comes at you from all angles, so much so as to hit upon Nick Hexum’s (311) vocal delivery. ‘Destination Terrorville‘ departs with “Bus Girl”, one of the band’s true “ballads”; never fear, Blowsight tackles the song with grace, as it comes across as passionate and soulful rather than pedantic. ‘Destination Terrorville‘ is effective in my eyes, because it takes an undoubtedly tired genre and reignites it, through competent and astute attention to detail.

The Bad: And so we go back to my previous sentence, the part about a “tired genre”. Yes, Blowsight’s music is original…for what it is. Still, there’s no denying that this is an album best suited for a release about 3 or so years ago, but I have to cut the band slack as they are performing to an entirely different market. Despite all the effectiveness of Blowsight as a whole, the flaws in ‘Destination Terrorville‘ sadly mask much of the true flow of the album. Even in their best efforts to add some zest to their songs and try different approaches and structures, they often times fall short of giving ‘Destination Terrorville‘ a sense of identity, although clearly proving their chops for a vast gamut of styles. Intentionally or not, Blowsight’s material sounds liberally borrowed and rehashed from bands of a similar ilk, and, as seen previously, a not so similar ilk as well. Again, Blowsight get some extra rope because of their Swedish homebase, but if they plan on launching themselves into the United States music world, they might want to take a few notes beforehand.

Bottomline: Destination Terrorville‘ is a damn good album without question, and it shows a young band performing at a prestigious level by anyone’s standards. Luckily for them, I have a weak spot for forceful, electro-tinged rock, and I caught myself repeating tracks from ‘Destination Terrorville‘ on more than one occasion. Here’s the scoop-yes, their sound is a bit cataloged and yes, they do generously lean on a laundry list of bands, but in all honesty, I would rather listen to Blowsight’s album 9 times out of 10 rather than many of the bands you would put on that list. Maybe Stockholm is ready to thrust its latest modern rock outfit into American stereos, and hopefully for Blowsight, they will avoid the here and gone fates of two former Sweden turned U.S. of A. acts-Drain STH and Prime STH respectively; with ‘Destination Terrorville‘, the band has surely mapped out a rock solid foundation upon which to keep growing, but they are the only ones that can make sure to keep moving forward and progressing without taking steps back in regards to style and direction.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10