Codename: Rocky

Infinity

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Codename: Rocky delivers a punk-meets-ska sound on Infinity that brings to mind early Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This is a genre that has hundreds of like-minded bands making very similar music, so to stand out in the ska punk crowd is a mighty task indeed. And unfortunately, Codename: Rocky still hasn't reached the point where they stick out from the rest of the pack. It isn't that they make bad music, this is a perfectly acceptable album of poppy ska punk. But there isn't a single element of their sound that doesn't sound like another artist, and that is a hard trap to climb out of. They attempt some different ideas, like utilizing jangly guitar on "Lifetime in the Rain" or going acoustic on "World to Lose." But even that has been attempted before, and it doesn't really make up for all the other generic ska punk that happens around it. Fans of the genre may find this interesting, but most others will probably not be able to tell the difference between this and a hundred other ska punk combos.

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