Damiera
Quiet Mouth Loud Hands

EVR148
Released on June 24, 2008

1. Rainman
2. Quiet Mouth Loud Hands
3. Nailbiter
4. Image and Able
5. Teacher, Preacher
6. Weights for the Waiting
7. Chromatica
8. Blinding Sir Bluest
9. Woodbox
10. Silvertongue
11. Trading Grins

Cleveland Free Times - Album Review
July 03, 2008

Damiera's sophomore release, Quiet Mouth Loud Hands, wasn't an easy album to make. It was recorded in an old science wing of an abandoned school in Buffalo, New York. Having gone through a complete line-up change following their first album, the only remaining member was founder Dave Raymond. Raymond, who's the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band, sought the help of friends from Iowa and producer Jayson DeZuzio to round out the band. Damiera sounds like what would happen if you threw a lot of Coheed and Cambria into a mixing bowl and added a little bit of Minus the Bear and then just kindly folded them together.

The Coheed and Cambria influence is most relevant in "Weights for the Waiting," which has Raymond hitting high notes to the sound of heavy distortion rattling behind his vocals. The comparisons to Minus the Bear are most obvious in "Chromatica" which has guitarist Steve Downs giving a Dave Knudson (Minus the Bear)-like finger-tapping guitar solo. This song is also made more intriguing by a wise engineering decision to fade the music during the first part of the song and have the vocals echo like a chorus. "Teacher, Preacher" is the band's attempt at radio play with a Maroon 5-like song and doesn't mesh with the rest of the material. But all in all, Quiet Mouth Loud Hands is a good mix of songs ranging from pop to metal.


Ryan MacLennan