Vanna “The Few and the Far Between” album review-
Ok so before I start this review off, it needs to be said, I’m a huge fan of Vanna. Since their first E.P. “The Search Party Never Came” all the way through “A New Hope”. That’s where I kinda drop off. “And They Came Baring Bones” is a good album, not my favorite Vanna album but it’s still decent. So now we pick up the story with their newest album “The Few and the Far Between”. Let’s take a better look.
“The Few and the Far Between” is the new album from the Boston metal veterans Vanna. This album explores a new sound for Vanna. You could go so far as to say their albums up until now have been a great blend of post-hardcore, metalcore, and just a enough hardcore. This album is solid blisteringly fast, mean hardcore with a few more styles blended in very well. The first single is “The Year of the Rat” and it does not disappoint. The newest guitarist/vocalist Joel Pastuszak is an amazing singer and his vocals fit well with lead singer Davey Muise. The guitar work on this song still has the Vanna feel, but brings a heavier edge. The same goes for bass and drums. There are so many good tracks that it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite track. A few stand out tracks are “A Thin Place”, which is a heavy, daring track that has impressive lyrics that will hit home for some and push others away. “When in Roam” starts out in such a hard hitting manner that it’s difficult not to start moving to the beat and it finishes just as strong. “The Lost Art of Staying Alive”, while a little short, is probably the best example of their new sound.
Now the part I don’t like, the negatives. Overall I don’t have many complaints about this album. The chief among them is the length. The album isn’t very long, clocking in a little over 25 mins. No song goes over 3:25 long. Some of the lyrics aren’t at their top, but the overall content is fantastic. Not every riff is up to par with others, but again with so many standout riffs, you can’t go wrong.
The album is available at several major retailers, including Best Buy, etc… My personal given method was to download it via iTunes. The album is worth the price if you are a long time fan of Vanna, but if you are a new comer to this amazing band, I would suggest “A New Hope”, it is fantastic and truly an album not to be missed if you are a fan of the genre.
OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10
Review by: Andrew Weaver