Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Blistür, a Jacksonville, FL based alternative metal outfit build ( a little too high) on the promise of their 2007 EP with a mammoth, 20-track debut that rips the word "brevity" out of the dictionary and replaces it with "fu*k you". Where Before There Were Seasons was a taut rendering of late-90's alt metal and post-grunge, the not so ironically titled Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 explores similar themes, but with the attention span of a meth addict. For the most part, the bits that work show a band that's just hitting its stride, channeling every avenue of heavy metal with an authority that rewards the group's strong work ethic, but hard-hitting, Alice in Chains/Metallica-inspired cuts like "The End," "Betrayed," and the blistering "Dreamer" are bookended by noodly, instrumental jams that sound like a Saturday afternoon at Guitar Center. It's one thing to throw in everything but the kitchen sink when you're recording, but it's another to leave it all in there when it comes time to release it. Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 shaved of about 25 minutes would make a lean, mean debut that could land the band some new fans, or even some major-label interest, but as it stands now, most people won't be willing to sit through all of the filler.

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