Alright, let’s make one thing clear before we get into 9 Stitch Method’s music and what they have in store for us: I am not a fan of heavy metal. It’s not my cup of tea, in all honesty. The only heavy metal I’ve ever really enjoyed was Slipknot. Mainly, my reason for this is being unable to understand the lyrics and for me, the lyrics are what drives a music experience home for me, that’s where I connect. I don’t mind the heavy instrumentals and the periodic and intentional choppy melodies, I like instrumentals that change things up as much as I like instrumentals that flow and follow traditional music “rules” I guess you could say.
Now, someone who’s more into the heavier music scene could dissect and review this music better than I, however, we at 570 Press like to take a look at differing perspectives, so that even though one of us may not be big fans of a certain genre, we do like to still, as individuals, look at those genres, open our minds to them, and give a fresh perspective. So, here I am to give you guys my review on 9 Stitch Method’s catalog of music Zero Somatic Part 1.
Zero Somatic Part 1 contains four songs, each of which slightly differ in their sounds. The song “Wayward” is much more your typical heavy sound. There’s not a lot of flow and it breaks into that sound right away with intense guitar and fast paced drums which remind me of running along a fence with a stick against that fence, but then it slows into more flow and melody and the vocals at this point remind me of a bit of Marilyn Manson meets Orgy, but then it explodes back into the hardcore sounds. Again, I’m not a big fan of this genre, but it sounds very well put together, well produced, and I think fans of this genre are really going to enjoy it.
Then with the song “Ether”, you get a different opening, a more retro horror vibe which I really love. It then breaks back into the harder sounds and abrasive vocals, but with some clear guitar, then back into the guttural singing interspersed with some more melodic vocals here and there. Even as someone who’s not into this genre very much, I liked this one quite a bit.
One last thing I want to say about this latest work from 9 Stitch Method is that I do appreciate that each song is discernible from the last. A lot of bands within this genre fall into the habit of many of their songs sounding too similar to the last that you’re not sure when the last one ended and the next one began (perhaps someone more nuanced with this genre can tell the difference, but for those of us just dipping our toes in, it’s more difficult). For some, that may be enjoyable, to have one song bleed into the next, but for me, I prefer to be able to tell one song from the next, because each song tells a different story, gives a different view point, has a different emotional response it’s giving and trying to evoke. Here, I think 9 Stitch Method does that well.
Hopefully, we will all be able to attend shows safely on a regular basis soon. When that does happen, you can keep your eyes open for 9 Stitch Method. They’re based out of Pittsburgh, but have already performed all over the Pennsylvania/Tri-State area and have even been down to Nashville, Tennessee. If this genre is your jam, then you won’t want to miss them.