The Self-Titled are a 5 piece from Kent. I have been aware of their work for a while and I can even recall the band being on the local scene for around 10 years now. They released their first album ‘Defaced‘ in June 2012. Why so long some may ask? Well I know these guys have spent their time writing, crafting and creating to what they have become today – a powerhouse of Hard Rock, perfecting their package to create something very special.
‘Defaced‘ is not just a Rock album, it’s an experience of perfection with everything in place to keep you engaged throughout all 10 tracks. The opening track ‘Soul Control‘ and 2nd track ‘Twisted‘ set the scene with monster riffs and a fast pace along with the great tone and lead breaks. It left me wanting a good old mosh! I really like the vocals; gravel voice without compromising power, a hybrid Metallica/Godsmack/Danzig feel. Not sure if there was some vocal imitation there but it certainly fits the music and is perfect for the Hard Rock Genre here.
Onto ‘Stomp‘, a more contemporary track that thrives melody and eases on the pace just slightly. This one is my favourite of the album and the lead break is superb. ‘Coming Home‘ Starts with a nice acoustic style break that sits really well on track 4 giving your ears a rest while you sit back and just take in the whole TST experience.
The album continues in the same way for the rest of the tracks with songs like ‘Mr Nobody‘ and ‘Warped‘ having some really interesting riffs and breaks, then finishing with ‘The Silence‘, a heavy, powerful track leaving a good impression on the ‘Defaced‘ album.
The production is excellent. The writing and composing is superb. The band have a very professional package, website and press kit that should get them where their dreams desire and I believe The Self-Titled are one of the most hard working bands I have personally come across.
The production is excellent. The writing and composing is superb. The band have a very professional package, website and press kit that should get them where their dreams desire