Meredeth Bell is a female vocalist based out of Philadelphia, PA. Bell has a unique blend of an operatic singing style mixed with a very edgy rock and roll tone, similar to the vocal work of former Flyleaf vocalist Lacey Sturm and Evanescence frontwoman, Amy Lee. Bell has recently released an EP called ‘The Awakening’ which was put out independently but received a warm welcome from both the rock and metal world. Bell and her band have managed to create some rather unique music that needs to be heard to be understood.
These vocals are strong and powerful. They’re beautiful and yet have the power to cut to your core and really make you feel what she was feeling when she wrote the lyrics. They fit nicely in with the heavier music behind them, the soaring guitar and bass work, and pounding drums. Occasionally there are harsh vocals that back her as well, though not frequent, they appear in “Your Secret (Lies)” and are subtle enough to not overpower everything else. The main theme of the EP is heartache and overcoming it which can really be heard in the track “So Gone”.
“In Serenity” is a beautiful song with Meredith only backed by a piano. The lyrics are solemn but Bell’s vocal presence is massive and really penetrates through the song. It manages to give me chills every time I play it. Then we have the song “The Infinite Release” which I feel is their strongest song musically and lyrically. ‘You have no power over me’ is the message behind the song, which should become the anthem for someone getting out of an abusive or controlling relationship. You can truly feel Bell’s emotion in this song, and the music backing her is just as strong. It’s a fantastic song all around.
This EP is a solid rock/metal release with great musicianship from all of the musicians. It’s an emotional set of songs, but makes for a pleasant listen. I’d recommend fans of Flyleaf, Evanescence, Shinedown, Sevendust check this band out, because they have some serious promise of a great radio-friendly future.
Meredith Bell – vocals
Jason Dunkerely – rhythm guitar
Jim “Jimbo Slice” Ellis – bass
Sean Lafferty – drums