Forming in 2015 and hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, alternative rock band Twelve Noon have released their debut album Saints and Sinners via Eclipse Records. Claiming such influences as Alice in Chains Avenged SevenfoldKillswitch Engage and Tool, among others, it’s definitely difficult to accurately classify this band, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Saints and Sinners opens up with “Change My Ways”, which has grungy overtones and a heavy, driven riff met with a melodic chorus peppered with scathing vocals. The next track unexpectedly slows things down with “Breaking Down”, an emotional jaunt through melodic yet heavy riffs and a radio friendly yet still attractive song structure. Don’t let that radio friendly bit fool you though, because things quickly pick right back up again with the title track “Saints and Sinners”, a pure hard rock song full of catchy hooks, guttural vocals, and just a little nu metal influence. Things get slowed down again (are we starting to notice a pattern here, kids?) with “Hope in Tragedy”, which really shows off vocalist Michael Loew‘s capabilities. It’s a little too slow and sappy for me, but a lot of people really dig that kind of thing.

“Better Side” both picks it up and slows it down, mixing hard-hitting rock and roll with some slower, more melodic bits mixed in, but it works and sounds good. “Carry On” has a southern rock feel to it, almost as if you were listening to Royal Bliss. That’s fine, but at this point I’m wishing this album had a few more heavy songs on it. “No Way Out” grants my wish with a solid rock and roll tune laced with some satisfying growling. “Back For More” thankfully breaks the pattern and keeps the up-tempo pace going, and sounds like a power track straight out of the 80’s. It’s brilliant. I could see this song in a bad movie montage. “Bottom of a Bottle” (no, not the Smile Empty Soul song) shapes up to be a solid and pure rock and roll tune with strong blues-rock overtones. It’s not heavy, but it’s not slow. The pace on this song is pretty perfect and has to be my favorite song on this album. The final track on the album has what is quite possibly the best name for a final track on an album: “The End”. Opening with a somewhat creepy chime from a music box, the song punches you in the face with its stomping double bass and its incredible guitars. “The End” is not only a great name for a final track, but the song itself is a great end to this album.

Twelve Noon have come a long way from the cover band they started out as back in 2015. Heavy metal, nu metal, alternative rock and some grunge all make appearances on Saints and Sinners. Clean vocals, screams, pulsing drums, tight bass, and great guitar range permeate this rise and fall album, only faltering a few times. I don’t mind an occasional ballad here or there, but I don’t want half an album’s worth. The heavier songs nailed it. The blues-rock sounds on some of these songs were amazing. My only complaint is that there were too many slow, sappy songs. Terrestrial and satellite radio will love that, and you might too, but it’s just not my thing. Twelve Noon gets an A for effort here, but they’re just slightly lacking on the execution.

Tracklist:
Change My Ways
Breaking Down
Saints and Sinners
Hope in Tragedy
Better Side
Carry On
No Way Out
Back For More
Bottom of a Bottle
The End

Lineup:
Michael Loew – Vocals
Rob Heil – Guitars
Justin Runkel – Drums
John Devlin- Guitar
Tim Clark – Bass

Check out Twelve Noon here:
http://twelvenoonband.com/
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Written by Mitch Ellerbrock for Bloodrock Media on October 2, 2017