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The Pack A.D. show another side on latest CD

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The Pack AD are back with their new CD “Do Not  Engage.”
 While not as bluesy as their earlier works or as ferocious as their most recent works, their latest splits the difference yet also has a softer sound, though no less menacing.Click here to hear the Pack A.D.
 The Vancouver based duo of drummer Maya Miller and guitarist  / vocalist Becky Black provide a lot of tortured melodies and grinding guitar riffs on songs like “Animal.” and  the highlight “the Water.”
 They have a Pixieish feel on several tracks of noisy, grinding rock music.
They don’t play fast , but they play powerfully, making every chord count on tracks like the first single  “Battering Ram,” and “Stalking is Normal.“
One of the more catchy numbers “ Big Shot” which sounds like it stepped right out of the early ’90s, would be a hit for them in a different world.
 “Creeping Jenny” is another grinding highlight.
 They slow down a little on “the spooky  “ the Flight,” on which they added  a lot of echo to Becky Black’s voice backed by a menacing guitar rhythm and martial drum beats.
 They show a more sensitive, yet still spooky sound on “Loser”  as  Black mourns “ Let the solitude swallow me” which also has a lot of echo on her voice.
 It is another grunge  era influenced song   which is reminiscent of Radiohead’s first big hit “Creep.”
 There are a lot of slower songs on this CD including “Needle.” and the mid tempo rocker “Rocket,” which allows Black to show off her strong voice.
 I always enjoy the more rockier tracks, but “Do Not Engage,“ shows off another, perhaps more introspective side of  the Pack‘s personality.
The Pack A.D. continue to grow.
—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Do Not Engage
Band: The Pack A.D.
Genre: Alternative rock
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