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Album Review

Although Knoxville's Straight Line Stitch could trace their origins back through various configurations to about 1999, it's easy to tell why the group thinks of itself as having been formed in a real sense when Alexis Brown arrived as lead singer. On When Skies Wash Ashore, the band's national debut, inaugurating the Raging Nation Records imprint through KOCH, Brown makes an immediate impression by alternating two voices, a "normal," if impassioned, singing voice and the kind of ungodly howl typical of heavy metal groups. She isn't the only heavy metal vocalist to veer back and forth between screaming and singing, of course, but, in part because she's a woman in a genre dominated by men and in part because of the distinctiveness of her singing voice, the dichotomy is particularly striking. It's like an aural version of Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, as if the vocalist is switching back and forth schizophrenically and uncontrollably from human to monster. The band's instrumentalists — guitarists Seth Thacker and Pat Pattison, bassist Jason White, and drummer Patrick Haynes — support that vocal battle royal with music that similarly alternates between pummeling metal and melodic hard rock. But it's Brown who really catches the ear. And on the concluding track, "Yesterday's Gone," which she sings accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, she demonstrates that she can still get her feelings across in a quieter context.

Customer Reviews

Always been fan....

And SLS hasn't let me down. I've been hooked since their EP (The Word Made Flesh). I really have alot of respect for women in heavy metal, and SLS is definitely up there on my list. Im not talking "heavy metal" like lacuna coil or within temptation. Yes, those girls can sing, but I mean seriously BRUTAL vocals in addition to the pretty singing voice. I haven't been this impressed with a female vocalist since OT3P (my favorite band EVER) or Angela of Arch Enemy and Maria from In This Moment, but lemme tell you this: Alexis Brown is VICIOUS. Her lyrics are very thought-provoking without coming across as sickeningly cheesy or "emo", and her vocal style blends in seamlessly with the rest of the band, producing jaw-dropping results. The 30 second clips really don't do these songs justice. This album should be listened to in its entirety from start to finish in order to be truly appreciated. For people who prefer the heavier side of female-fronted metal, or just metal in general, tracks like Never See the Day, Black Veil, or Taste of Ashes would be recommended. However, for songs that truly showcase Alexis' amazing talent, shoot for songs like Yesterday's Gone or Eucharist. All in all this album deserves 5 stars, and you should give it a listen to figure out why. SS4L (Sevas Tra)

Something Different!

FINALLY!! I have been waiting for this album. I have been hearing 'Taste of Ashes' for months now on Sirius's Hard Attack. I am glad it is finally out, and even more happy Itunes has this! If your looking for something different, diffinetly check this out. If you like Walls of Jericho, you will probably like this too!! Give it a try!!!

alexis brown+jamey jasta=

some sweet efifn music! album isnt bad. i wish they had let fans know more about the album and played taste of ashes more than the one time i heard it. all in all not a bad album at all. a refreshing change from my usual music. finally a woman in metal that doesnt sound like garbage and that is pretty. if you are looking for a change in your collection this is the album for you!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Knoxville, TN, heavy metal band Straight Line Stitch were first organized at the turn of the century and self-released a demo EP and an album in the early 2000s. But the band prefers to think of its real birth as having occurred with the addition of singer Alexis Brown in 2003. Brown made her recording debut on Straight Line Stitch's second self-released album, To Be Godlike, in 2006, after which the lineup behind her solidified in the form of guitarists Pat Pattison and Seth Thacker, bassist Jason...
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When Skies Wash Ashore, Straight Line Stitch
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Aug 19, 2008

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