SINGLE REVIEW: Minute With Me by Hence The Noise

Hence The Noise is a NY based modern metal band which consists of Chandler Mogel on vocals, Rob Russo & Eddie Vandenko on guitars, and featuring Robbie Russo, who is a 13 yr old inspirational prodigy on drums. Rob Russo & Eddie Vandenko have a long history together. They have been collaborating in various bands in the NY club scene ever since they met at a mutual friend’s garage in Brooklyn NY in 1989. After a long hiatus from the music scene, they started writing music again and decided to put a band together. Minute With Me – is based around their support for our veterans.

Coming out of nowhere this is a breath of fresh metal air with a full length debut album of killer songs. It’s a bit of a throwback to the late 80s when metal became more about hair than music. It picks up where bands like Slaughter and Poison left off, but with not only a harder edge in tow, but a funk factor that would even turn Extreme’s heads, as they sneak it in there without making it too obvious. Metal and diversity aren’t always great bedfellows with the fans, so it’s always a risk but they nail it on this album with the proper balance. It’s easy to deal with because the songs speak for themselves.

“Minute With Me” starts the set off but it’s no indication of anything yet to come, it’s just a decent opener to prepare for a lot of different flavors of ear rock-candy to taste. “The Enemy” is more like it with a sense of menacing charm that draws you into the theme of the record. This is undeniably awesome and there is no turning back once this sinks in. It’s about knowing how it feels to be the enemy. It’s a different sympathetic angle on the subject-of combat. It shines a mirror in the face of the subject and calls it out. The guitars and drums play like automatic weapons firing at each other.
“Sacars” follows in perfect subsequent fashion with that which doesn’t heal so easily after listening to what sounded like a front-line assault in the previous track. This is a superior display of excellent musicianship around a song that doesn’t rely on structural perfection, it rather makes a statement. Most of these songs do that as well, but some of them have buckets of melody to go with it. This is not one of them but it is a big song either way. Drummer Rob Russo comes absolutely-alive on this with an up-front drumming role. It’s almost like they gave him the spotlight. You either like the song or you don’t, but the playing is outstanding without question.

The album is all about “War” and why not pay homage to a timeless track that still-remains relevant because the subject itself will never go away. If only music could defuse what people can’t, but it won’t stop the art form from carrying on. This is an amazing version but other tracks make even better efforts to wrap your head around what most can’t fathom in the fate of war. The album closes out with “One Of Us’ which throbs and pulsates in different ways than the rest of the album, but it’s not the first track on the album that takes you elsewhere, it just surprises how the opening and closing tracks were selected. But it’s what lies in the middle that makes Minute With Me worth the ride.


by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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