Facade

Facade

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Judging from the opening track, this six-song effort recalls a nu metal version of Bad Religion's glory days. But it's far from the entire story. The lead singer's faux British accent during the opening "Mudslide" is quirky, although it seems to work over the hard and crunchy guitar riffs, but the reference to "pink teddy bears" is a rather juvenile reference to mental instability. The ska-punk of "Invisible Man" is rather refreshing and makes the initial song seem rather bland. The horn section is another strong asset here. "Battle Cry" is a straightforward hardcore punk rock song with a singalong chorus. Able to jump from one genre to another is a definite plus here, but the standard punk-pop fare of "Box Office Hit" leaves a little to be desired. "Dungeon" starts off with lead singer Adam Hoth doing his best Elvis Presley or Bruce Springsteen delivery over another infectious ska beat. The song evolves into a hard rock feel before returning to ska. Ending on a high note, the Rancid-meets-Social Distortion groove on "Two Wheel Life" has the group working in unison and on all cylinders. The song swerves into a heavy metal framework though in the vein of Iron Maiden or Queensr├┐che. A promising debut.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:49
2
2:31
3
2:59
4
2:42
5
3:35
6
5:04
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