Pulse 8 -“Follow Me To Hell” Review

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Joelinda Acevedo

Have you been wanting something heavy? Have you been wanting something local that will take you back to the heyday of Metal? When Pantera was more like an anthem and Metallica really hit you in the chest? Do you miss the days of letting the music take away all the built up frustration and anger that you have been holding in? Well do I have a surprise for you! I just wish you didn’t have to wait another month to enjoy the heavy hitting antics that sent me back to just those moments. Over a year in the making and a ‘Kill’er out of the ‘box’ change in vocals to Brad Borchers has not taken the edge off of what Pulse 8 has worked so hard to keep giving their fans. If anything, I believe this union will be an unexpected bonus to the diehard fans and open up the range of what we are used to.

They haven’t veered too far at all from what gives them their ‘Pulse’, but House of Leaders and We Are The Lost are collectively written by the new line up with Damon Moc having already written most of the album. When speaking with Brad on stepping into the band at such a crucial time his main concern was not to stray from the 16 years that has worked for them and the fans, but to build on that. To make Pulse 8 even greater and that Follow Me To Hell is unremorseful and edgy with no holding back in its aggressiveness and meaningfulness. Oh, and did I mention a certain weakness of mine can be found? Yep, an acoustic. Nothing makes Sugar melt more than hearing a band get naked and proving once and for all that they aren’t just a bunch of auto tune and level adjustments.

Dave Swart and Eric Johns at Den Studios have certainly made this year long journey worth our wait and was a great match for the completion of this vision. I think the fans both new and old will be thrilled with the results and the year long wait when the CD release happens and faces get melted October 8th, at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky.

More information from the band itself:

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Damon Moc – Guitar,
Brad Borchers – Vocals,
Bryan Fitzwater – Bass,
Kevin Coyle – Drums

Influences: Disturbed, Deftones, Stuck Mojo, StaticX, Prong, 5FDP, Overkill, Machine Head, Fear Factory
Since its birth in June of 2000, Pulse8 has been equipped to put Cincinnati music on the map. Winners of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for best Metal band of 2012. Along with winning the CEA award, Pulse8 has also won the very prestigious Madison Theater Band Challenge. The band has also toured on their own from Tampa Florida to Portland Maine.The Cincinnati four piece concentrates on heart pounding rhythms and choruses that stick with you. The band’s frontman Brad Borchers, is the essence of insanity. With Screams that chill you to the bone and verses that make you move to the beat. Brad is the perfect blend for the future of vocals as they are known. Brad is backed by the dynamic Damon Mocahbee, who lays down the thickest and heaviest guitar tones needed to put the pulse in to Pulse8. Last, but not least by any means, are Kevin Coyle & Brian Fitzwater. They hold down the concrete stonewall rhythm section that raises your feet off of the floor. Pulse8, given the chance, will definitely be a heavyweight contender in the NEW music era!!

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