Observer Effect
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Observer Effect

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Hard Rock




"Classic Rock Magazine Sampler Disc Review"

"Crunchy bluesy hard rock from Seattle. Imagine early 70's Heart in a van half full of GrunTruck and one of the Soundgarden dudes, and the whole thing is careening down the road with reckless abandon. It's like that basically."
-- Classic Rock Magazine - Classic Rock Magazine UK

"NW Music Scene/Verity Credit Union "100 Bands in 100 Days""

“Today’s featured band are certainly no strangers to stages and recording studios all around the northwest. The collective experience they’ve had in past projects shines brightly throughout in Observer Effect’s recently released self-titled four-song EP. With the set of pipes that Hammontree possesses it’s no great surprise that the new project would feature her powerful voice prominently but there’s more to the band than that. A tight-as-hell rhythm section meshes together and lays the foundation for plenty of tasty guitar riffage while still leaving plenty of room for Angela’s voice to propel the tunes. If you are looking for another northwest rock band to rally around and support, check this one out.”

Northwest Music Scene - - NW Music Scene

"Observer Effect 'Observer Effect' (Independent/USA Import)"

Observer Effect 'Observer Effect' (Independent/USA Import)

Out of Seattle, USA comes the female fronted band Observer Effect and they were kind enough to sent me their 4-tracks counting same titled album for a review. Musically speaking we get to hear melodic heavy rock with some classic metal riffs and a touch of progmetal here and there. The vocals of Angela Hammontree sound quite strong and powerful, while the soaring guitarsolos of guitarist Doug Samm definitely contribute to the overall hard-hitting but melodic sounding band. The best songs here are Gripping the wheel and the semi-rocker/ballad The good life. This band has clearly a somewhat classic melodic metal approach, so thankfully they are not another bombastic sounding Euro Female Fronted Goth/Power Metalband like we have seen and heard from thousand other acts by now since Nightwish and Within Temptation broke through 20 years ago. Instead you will get well-balanced melodic metal that has some similarities here and there to bands like Hellion, Betsy, Benedictum, Lee Aaron... More info can be found at:

(Points: 7.8 out of 10) - Strutter 'Zine


Observer Effect EP, 2018



Observer Effect is a rock/hard rock band that combines intensity with soul, with driving yet intricate musicianship, and vocals that are by turns soaring and sultry. The band was started by longtime PNW vocalist and songwriter Angela Hammontree in an effort to create a new collaborative project. She and her longtime bassist Kevin Lynch joined forces with guitarist/composer Doug Samm and drummer Rico Ybarra, both formerly of TerraNova, to complete the lineup. All seasoned pros, these musicians have played nearly every venue in the Seattle area with their prior projects, as well as local TV, radio, and festivals such as Hempfest and Pridefest. After a brief stint in 2016, the members regrouped in 2018 and recorded their debut self-titled EP. It was released in September to great reviews, with the song “Gripping the Wheel” featured on a compilation of up-and-coming rock bands in the well-respected "Classic Rock UK" magazine's December issue. Now gigging in support of the EP, Observer Effect is an act to watch for in Seattle's live rock scene.

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