Up Close and On Fire – CD Review – Artifas

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ArtifasArtifas – Enemy Inside EP Vol 1
by DJ Josh Lehr

Artifas: Enemy Inside EP

Artifas crafts fairly straightforward yet original hard rock on their debut EP. There seems to be a fair influence from bands like Three Days Grace.
The EP begins with a dark and atmospheric piano interlude on the opening track, Enemy Inside. Scottie Somerville’s vocals take the front here, and he delivers a strong performance throughout. The song “Broken Wings” showcases a lighter fare with an emphasis on clean vocals and notes the start of a sort of B-side to the EP. The album closes out on a fairly strong note with “Suffocate”. With a catchy hook and a return to the heaviness featured in the first few songs, this EP comes full circle in style and approach.
The first half of the album hosts harder and heavier tracks with occasional double bass and home hitting guitar work. The second half features flowing instrumentation and an overall clean vocal section. The bass on the album is varied, but can be discerned easily.
The production is admirable; as there is no exaggeration in sound while maintaining the strength and integrity they seek to deliver in the final product.
As a fan of hard and alternative rock, Artifas is definitely something I could see in my own library someday. They are also one of the stronger rock artists to come out of the States in recent years. I look forward to hearing more from these Memphis men!

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