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US band CHOKE THE WORD was formed in 2008 by Melati Olivia (vocals) and Cameron Hays (bass), follwing their joint departure from a previous band. Mike Miller (guitars) soon hooked up with the fledgling new band, and following a more elongated period of search and discovery Gracie Stean (violin) and Allison Allain (cello) were added to the line-up. And when drummer Chris Ortega decided to join too, the line-up was completed.

2010 saw the band managing to finance the recording of their debut album by way of fan donations, and in the spring of 2011 Enjoy The Parade was unleashed unto the world. Since the album release Choke The Word has been an active entity in the live circuit, spreading the good word about their music. And, most likely, Batman. As they have posted on their Facebook page: The most important thing in life is to be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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Enjoy The Parade
Choke The Word Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
2 stars Eclectic art rock with strings

Choke the Word were a Denver based art rock band who supplemented the usual instruments with a cellist and violinist. They had good local success with regular gigging and in 2010 they became the first band in Colorado to successfully use a Kickstarter campaign to fund their debut CD. They managed to raise over $4000 which paid for their studio time and pressing. They were well received--In 2011, they won a Westword Music Showcase Award for Best Goth Band and were nominated again for Best Prog Rock Band in 2012. Unfortunately the group disbanded in 2012 but I felt their album deserved some notice at PA.

Choke have a unique sound thanks to songwriting their co-founder Cameron Hays describes as "primarily in odd-meter or shifting time signatures." Their second weapon is the luxurious voice of vocalist and co-founder Melati Olivia. And last would be a full time cellist and violinist in the band. The combination of these elements, a solid guitarist and drummer, and a slightly Gothic vibe produce an album that rocks but with a noticeable exotic flair. (The band were rounded out by an energetic guitarist Mike Miller, Gracie Stean, Allison Allain, and a super drummer Chris Ortega.) Most of the tracks are 4 minute melodic rockers, often it takes a hard rock edge with chugging, distorted guitar, on other songs there is a folk-rock vibe and occasionally some Eastern sound influences. The mixture of the strings with modern rock in this band recall the Italian band TheGeneration but the strings are more background here and not as well implemented frankly. The 6+ minute closer "Horseman" was a highlight with some excellent playing with a dramatic feel throughout, some nice variation in light and heavy.

This is a fair to occasionally good first effort and it would have been very interesting to hear where they could have taken it. But it is not a great album. There is something slightly off in the sound. It's hard to put my finger on it but the obvious talents do not always gel in the songs. Vocalist Olivia moved on to much harder (and more accomplished) sounds in the math/metal band Seris. 2-3 stars but I'd have to round down on this one I'm afraid.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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