trio from Sacramento sounds like the latest Cryptopsy in the 1st track
(they haven't included any titles nor lyrics unfortunately), while the
2nd song is a bit confused, someway saved by the use of double vocals,
divided between Ryan Robbins (guitar) and Brad Kobylczak (bass and recording).
The 3rd composition is actually my favorite, probably because of the
well-chosen alternation of slow and fast parts, a few cool stops 'n'
goes, along with # 4, including a catchy middle part.
The closing track proves to be endowed with 3/4 good riffs, even though
the Canadian masters' influence is present here and there one more time.
To the best of my knowledge this 5 track should be the first CD unleashed
by the Californian act, so I'd just recommend them to work on the arrangements
and improve their skill, so as to make their songs more appealing; not
that I've an obsession for originality, neither for memorable time changes,
yet I felt them all scarce during these songs; you do realize there's
something good once in a while, nevertheless you miss the flair that
can make listeners feel like listening to the CD again; which is a good
way to keep the listeners' attention high, especially if they have to
go thru a full length. The recording and mixing are satisfactory, there
is firm belief in playing, therefore rehearsals and live shows will
make the rest. Yeah, 2003 could be the year of the turning-point for
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 31/12/02