Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow

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Post-hardcore
Tragic Hero Records
Greeley Estates
No Rain, No Rainbow
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After leaving their mark on the scene with 2008's Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East, Greeley Estates have returned with a sure to be shocking, heavy approach to their music, taking everything to the next level of intense. After the sad ending of Science Records, Greeley found a new home on Tragic Hero Records and set off with Cory Spotts (Blessthefall, Job For A Cowboy) to create their newest record. Changing things up a bit, No Rain, No Rainbow takes Greeley to a much heavier playing field with a few new tricks up their sleeves.

From the get go with opener "Seven Hours," the unrelenting crunch of guitarists Alex Torres and Brandon Hackenson can't be denied. While lent a hand by production, the tight, warm tone is more than addicting and demolishes each song. The breakdowns are well placed and intense while other sections are hammered through well-structured riffs. The rhythm section is more than apt, but sadly plays little part on the record. Bassist David Ludlow barely seems present and while Chris Julian's drumming is perfectly arranged, there is never a real time for his work to shine throughout. Perhaps not the worst thing that could happen to an album, but disappointing none-the-less.

As the band pounds through their songs, Ryan Zimmerman attacks each section thoroughly with heavy screams and appropriate singsong-y parts. Sadly the latter half of that lacks quite a bit on No Rain. The aim of this record may have been to improve the intensity of their live show with heavier numbers, but it really retracted from the record having less of Zimmerman's signature clean vocals layered on the album; it really helped Go West stand out. Zimmerman’s scream is deep and full, but not as unique as what he could bring with a full range of use including his clean section.

Helping the album along is a slew of guest spots. On "Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees," Craig Mabbit shows up and two members of Blessthefall, Jared and Beau, are on tracks as well. Jared takes his place on "Swim For Your Life" and Beau on "Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn't Count As Flossing," each lending a helping hand. Lastly, on "Friends Are Friends For Never" and "I Shot The Maid" are The Irish Front vocalists. Friends and names you know always help a record feel homier, and Greeley have succeeded in that part at the very least.

Creating an extremely heavy record that suffers from being the follow up to what could be Greeley's pinnacle record, No Rain, No Rainbow is anything but child's play. The heavy riffs and perfect production beg to be noticed. The record is not without its blemishes, but is full and enthralling in its own right.

1. Seven Hours
2. I Shot The Maid
3. Loyal.com
4. Friends Are Friends For Never
5. They Won’t Stay Dead
6. Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees
7. Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn’t Count As Flossing
8. Swim For Your Lives
9. You’ll Never Leave Vegas Alive
10. Wolves Make Great Actors
11. The Offer

Greeley Estates is a post-hardcore/metalcore band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002.

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