1/4/2006 - Review by: Nakia Melody
Even X - Angry Mirror - 2005 - Sunland Records, Inc.
The debut is surprisingly sharp, clever and deep lyrically and melodious and grunt throated vocally. The vocals are well balanced throughout the entire album with the song placement just as important to keep you listening on. It can get a little ‘this world is too hard let me hang myself’ at times but generally topics range from war to isolation.
The music follows the well worn lines of Sevendust with a bit of Tool and Marilyn Manson thrown in the mix. Highlights are definitely the title song ‘Angry Mirror’ and ‘Let the Bitch Come Up’, but by and large all songs are worth their two cents.
Led by vocalist Ricky Kay, Corey Druman’s on guitar, Jason Bates on drums and bassist Darren Isky, Even X show an immense amount of talent which will no doubt launch their career into the future (or for as long as our continuing fascination with nu-metal goes on).
The album was produced by the troubled Logan Mader, former guitarist for Machine Head and Soulfly, who finally looks as if he has found a home behind the mixing console.
I have heard people bitching that the album goes for too long but it isn’t hard to push the fucking double arrow button. Even X has given us an album that we can dig in a market that has forced us into the act of coprophagy too many times lately.
On a side note, check out the website. It is without a doubt the best I have ever seen and big thumbs up to the website designers for a fucking cracker.
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