Album Review... Rifas - Is Here A Sense

New band originating from Miami, their debut album “Is Here A Sense” came out recently and Joel Williams gave it a thorough review.

The vocals come straight in with just a little bit of guitar. A little pause in that verse then it all kicks in with some funky drumming, strong bass line and more guitars. I absolutely love the chorus to this song, powerful, distortion driven chords. What a great song to kick off the album.
Out of 10: 10/10

Ten Ton Shoes :
This track starts with some neat drumming, using the rim shot with some snare and bass drum. Then some guitar comes with some tidy picking, then all the rest kicks in. Some nice effects in the background. A fairly long, but good, intro to the song. Some really nice, powerful vocals filled with harmonies.
Out of 10: 9/10

Bottomless Pit:
Track kicks off with some lovely acoustic picking, and then vocals come in. This song is the first quiet song on the album. It takes a while for the song to really kick in but once it does, it’s some real good stuff. Has some mesmerising harmonies once again.
Out of 10: 6/10.

This track starts off with synchronising guitar and drums. That’s the same for the first verse when the vocals kick in. After each verse though, there is some real powerful, driven chords once again. This band loves their powerful chords! Nice song with some nice guitar parts.
Out of 10: 7/10

Everything kicks in straight away in this track. First verse is pretty cool, has some real smooth bass lines with drums and vocals. The song has a very strong bass line right the way through. Add to that some well thought out guitar parts, simple drumming and lyrics, you’ve got yourself a really good song and this one deserves a respectable...
Out of 10: 10/10

Said The Wolf:
Awesome start to the song, great guitar sound to kick off, with the rest of the band coming in a bar or two afterwards. A great song if you just want to chill out after a long, hard day’s work. Listen to the lyrics to this song and you can tell that they are passionately sung and from the heart. A truly great song
Out of 10: 10/10

Out To The Lions:
Close your eyes at the start of this song and you feel like there is a tornado nearby. The shortest song on the album. A different song with different instruments used. Nice echo effects on the vocals.
Out of 10: 5/10

This track has a sort of Nirvana feel to it. A gentle song with lovely lyrics. A well thought out solo in the middle of the song. Another song you could chill out to.
Out of 10: 7/10

This track has a more heavy sound compared to the gentler sounds of the 2 previous songs. Again, driven by powerful guitar chords and strong bass lines. I do like the effects that Evan has put on his voice in this song, a very cool song. A well deserved...
Out of 10: 9/10.

Another gentle song. Lovely start to the song with a great guitar sound packed with great harmonies and powerful vocals from Evan and co, this is a well thought out song, with a wonderful chorus and excellent verses.
Out of 10: 8/10

West Bay:
Last song on the album. The song kicks off with just bass and vocals, keyboard kicks in on the 2nd verse. The song consists of 2 pretty awesome build ups. A repetitive but decent song to finish the album.
Out of 10: 6/10

Rifas - Is Here A Sense
Out of 10: 7.9/10



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