Type: CD Company: Lito Records Release: 2005 Genre: Hard Rock Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 11/29/2005
Reaches into the soul and moves and shakes
Wow, this is a surprise! Ignarus are a very good rock band, even if their name doesn't quite give you that razzle dazzle effect. It turns out that Ignarus play a good blend of stoner rock, really focusing on a unique formula of Alice In Chains meets C.O.C meets Dust To Dust. Sort of an odd tinkering of sights and sounds but it really works on this impressive debut.
It looks like Ignarus is basically a two man outfit made up of singer/guitarist Kevin Showmaker and drummer Dominic Vigilante. The two have perfect chemistry together, coming up with rousing and innovative jams that move with melody and great vocal passages. With this album you can hear a blue collar doom sound as well, probably lifted right off the dirt floors of Sabbath, The Obsessed, and Saint Vitus.
But beyond that is the great rock and roll sensibility, surrounded by the dirty grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. However Ignarus has their own identity, which is probably one of the really rare things about today's rock artists, with today's bands seemingly at a loss of any identity or trademark sound. Ignarus has that rare attribute, that unique aspect of standing on their own and reaching levels of success (or lack thereof) with their own creative vision. This debut album is filled with relentless, skillful songwriting that reaches into the soul and moves and shakes it with rock swing.
These boys are "onto something"!
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