You know, there is just something about this band that drives me nuts. I tried to get into their debut CD, but it did little to nothing for me. The band has toured constantly and does have a following. So what do I know? Now, they are back for a second serving and I just don't get it. It's heavy, fierce and should cater to anyone who is in constant rage, but there is little charm to this CD or band.
First off, the production isn't that great. It sounds a little bit too low. The vocal patterns aren't the best. The vocal ranges go from growly to somewhat clean, but they are annoying. There is absolutely no charm to them. The music is pretty much a paint by numbers formula. Solid double bass drumming and crunchy guitar riffs slam their way threw. There are some semi-decent guitar solos, but it leaves you feeling empty overall. "A View From Nowhere" and "Cold As Stone" should get you in a fit of rage, but it does nothing. "Retribution" at least tries to add some rhythm and it's actually ok. It's just too bad that more of this wasn't used on the rest of the disc just to make it stand out a little bit more.
"In Sequence" once again tries for a little bit of variation and it works. Perhaps, these guys are reading my mind. It's not bad, but the vocals still irk the hell out of me. Once again, SBT creates another product void of any kind of personality. While there are some minor change ups as the CD progresses, it's not enough to save them from a bad review. I think my mind would have changed just slightly if they had better production and a better singer, but what can you do? If you think the Nu stage is still the shit, then you wan waste your time and money on this, but otherwise, save your dough. (Online November 29, 2004)