Hailing from Bolton in Lancashire, ‘Ten by Ten’ are an exciting 4 piece rock, grunge and metal band. The band describe themselves as Pearl Jam meets Black Label Society but on the strength of this 6 track EP, and having seen them live, you can actually hear that their influences go so far beyond these two. Described as ‘grunge infected southern rock’, and combining monster riffs with edgy rock grooves, this blend of styles strengthens their original and unique sound.
And so to the EP. 6 powerful tracks that clearly groove whilst bringing into play some much harder edged guitar and drum riffs which mean you can’t help but move along with songs. Chris Ward’s vocals blend with the hard edge rock backing and set the songs apart from the more typically “metal” compatriots by bringing a powerful melodic.
Songs like the driving ‘Jesus Road Trip’ (la link to their new video for this track was recently posted on the Rock-Zone UK Facebook page) and ‘Pressure’ have a very hard rock feel but this straight ahead style is not the only weapon in the Ten by Ten arsenal. “In Your Sea”, whilst having a brooding heaviness, allows the band to show their balladic side and it is this track that really sets the guys apart from other bands travelling in similar circles – allowing a showcase for all the band
Ten by Ten’s “Pressure” EP delivers a set of powerful and engaging songs.
For more information and to buy your copy see www.tenbyten.co.uk
Review by David Wilson