Sinisstar was the first band to ink a deal with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's imprint label, Flawless, yet those who expect a watered down rap-rock imitation are in for a surprise. As a group, Sinisstar bares more in common with industrial rebel rockers Dope or shock rock's reigning king, Marilyn Manson, yet Future Shock is less about offending the world and deals more with musically altering the perception of listener's minds. The band's debut follows the expected rock formula common with many young artists, as each song maintains the simple verse/chorus/verse structure and Sinisstar rarely surprises with its musical talent. Through its lyrics, the band may claim to be unveiling secrets of how the world works, yet there is little to amaze -- just solid alternative metal that is easy to digest and could fit perfectly on heavier-minded rock radio. The best songs on Future Shock happen to be the ones that take time to unfold, as "Freak of Nature" and "Haunted" weave their spells over you with their steady buildups. Also included is a reworked version of the group's "Psychosexy," which first surfaced on the Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack. Sinisstar is an average industrial rock group with the potential for much more, as Future Shock is neither shocking nor quite futuristic, and seems somewhat mundane in the rock climate of 2002.
Future Shock Review
by Jason D. Taylor