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286
S/T
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 8/2/2007
Rusty guitar licks and booze-soaked imagery
286 comes straight out of Cali, but their sound is more Bayou country, crawfish party with their rusty guitar licks and booze-soaked imagery. Their 2005 Ep "Profiled" showed a lot of promise for the swampy, roots-rock sound, but where one could argue that consistency is usually the cohesion that holds together 10-song CDs, too many of 286 songs are hampered by reoccurring riff patterns where each sounds like the last which sounds like the last and throwing in a some retro, steel guitar touches just isn't enough differentiation over the course.

Adam Joad's vocals are rock standard, yet hanging in the dangerous area of punk slurring which doesn't tend to be favorable with your average rock/metal fan, but he does give off enough presence to be the aural centerpiece of the band. As the music plays, he retains the frontman focus over the instumentation and holds your attention.

A half dozen similar songs stand up for an EP, but for a full-length CD it leads to listener drift and the bonfire these guys are cultivating dies down. The production and packaging are well-done and their website is as tightly designed as any major band, but a few more party crashers would liven up this CD invite.

The bottom line is a little more song spicing would make this one tastier.
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Profiled286
2005
Frank Hill5/4/2006
S/T286
2007
Frank Hill8/2/2007


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