[atomic] By Octalux (Lexington, KY)/Hard Rock/Released Nov 2015
Hard working, hard touring, hard rocking Lexington band Octalux was formed before the turn of the century in 1999. A long and storied career, which includes opening slots for Jackyl and L.A. Guns, has been perpetuated by multiple well received albums and a reputation for an invigorating live show. Now after a five year hiatus, the band has returned to the music scene with their latest release [atomic].
Octalux’s sound combines the best of rock’s headbanging styles. The speed and energy of punk, the heavy riffs and grooves of metal, and the swagger and attitude of hard rock. Singer-guitarist Brandon Hurley’s howling vocals lead the charge through each song alongside the punchy drums, treble-heavy bass, and chainsaw guitars.
[atomic] is rife with fast paced, upbeat tracks built to get your heart rate up and the sweat dripping. “Lay Down the Law” opens the album up with a fast, punk rock opening and a big call-to-action chorus. “Scars of Tomorrow” is a slower, heavier track that ventures into metal territory. “Silverzero”’s bass heavy rhythm, and catchy main riff is built for headbanging. And title track “Atomic” keeps the heat on with buzz saw guitars and mosh worthy energy.
With [atomic] Octalux is showing that the long hiatus hasn’t dimmed their energy or drive. The group doesn’t do slow or sweet with song after song filled with fast tempos, a lot of distortion, and no shortage of attitude. [atomic] marks another well made milestone into the Octalux story