Daniï¿½l : The Belgian band Waiting For plays nu metal, and they make no secret of it. Juicy bass lines and a firm foundation of aggressive drumming are the settings of the band’s debut, ‘The Hexen’. But it all isn’t right. The first thing one notices when listening to the debut is the vocals that couldn’t be less convincing. Word has it that it is common phenomenon in the nu metal scene, but there is no hint of the freaky vocals Jonathan Davis applies with Korn. Instead, Dan, the band’s vocalist, applies some kind of melodic vocals… which really miss the mark. The mix and mastering are solid, which makes for a very clean and gentle sound (the band has a couple of powerful friends in the U.S. in the form of Billy Grazadei of Biohazard and Maor Appelbaum, who has worked on Sepultura and Faith No More releases alike). But ‘The Hexen’ never achieves to rise above the messy pile of sounds it starts out with. Take, for example, the track ‘This’. Very solid start, instruments playing together harmoniously. A strong foundation you’d say. But instead of something growing out of it, the framework collapses after just having been built. Waiting For presents no musical innovations, and has little to do with the old glory of the style. They have yet to convince me of their skill.