"Fear, Slaves & Secrecy" CDR EP
Genres: hard rock
Jul 21 - 27 2003
five song EP came with a condom and a note instructing me to enjoy the
music while having sex. I'll pass on that one, Pilfa. But
thanks for the rubber (even though it was swiped from me by a friend).
To put it simply, PCB is a five-piece rock band from the UK
who play grungy hard rock, taking cues from Black Sabbath and Iron
Maiden, but also showing off elements of Nirvana et al.
These five songs have some nice melodies, but fail to achieve anything
more than demo quality, thanks in part to poor production values. I've
never had any problems with lo-fi recording, but for metal riffs and
yelled vocals, it just doesn't work. A rocker like "Karma"
sounds like it would be completely awesome live, but this stuffy
recording doesn't let it breathe like it should. Opener
"Run Away Dream" also has amazing potential (that spacey
guitar part kind of sounds like some recent Opeth material) and
some pretty infectious melodies, but it isn't given the production it
This demo does not do the band justice. PCB should re-record
these tracks in an actual recording studio, getting the vocals in a
proper volume balance with the guitar and fixing the awful sound
quality. Then they'd have a demo that could win them a record
5 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]