Downshift Semi-Automatic

Obviously inspired by gloomy throb-metal architects Tool, Kitchener, ON's Downshift like their rock heavy and heady. Using drop-tuned guitars, a tight, thick rhythm section and ambiguous lyrics delivered in a demented combination of rage and melody, this six-song debut EP hits low and with brutal force. With a bit more time, Downshift may even be able to shake the inevitable Tool comparisons. (Independent)