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Classic rock and modern metal mindsets join forces on the eight-track album PORTRAIT from Brooklyn, NY foursome Family. Showcasing more than enough expansive heaviness to run with the Baroness and Mastodon crowd (“Exploding Baby”) while culling memorable melodies from a slew of styles ranging from progressive rock to sludgy blues (“Bridge and Tunnel”)to prairie metal (“Illegal Women”), this troupe’s superior songwriting pacing does an exemplary job of delivering inspiring instrumental interludes before unleashing furious vocal howls (“Othermother”), justly highlighting tumultuous musical crests and waves. If someone told you about a band that mixed Tool, Unsane, Mars Volta, Cave In, Thin Lizzy, and the acts aforementioned, you’d think they were joking; Family is no joke. -MikeSOS
- Mike SOS