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Freakhouse - Beautiful Misery 2004 reviewed by: Psycho Sarah

Track Listing
1: Disconnected
2: Beautiful Misery
3: Man or Machine
4: Cleansing
5: Love Hates Me
6: Peel Away the skin
7: Liars, Inc.
8: Into a Hole
9: Valium
10: Senseless
11: Beautiful Misery (methamphetamine mix)
I can't put Freakhouse in just one category. They have a mix of sounds that is starting to be the norm with music today, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. Just consider it a hidden treasure created just for you.

Beautiful Misery is a mix of pure rock with each song telling a story in a different way. “Man or Machine” has industrial influences. “Love Hates Me” is more of a modern rock tune, for the younger crowd. Some songs on the album like “Cleansing” are pure rock genius with great hooks that keep you coming back for more like AC/DC. “Disconnected” and “Valium” which is about making everything better by covering it up with a medication, have the best metal hooks on the album and are worth checking out.

“Shut it out and make it go away.” is one of the key lines in the song that really keep you on your feet. So does “your meaning lacks existence.” Great hooks that really make you take a look at life.

You will either hate or love this band, and if you love the band, you probably won't like all the cuts off the album, but will get into some of them. They are a great rock band that probably has ties to the 80’s metal bands but won't admit it. They have a very distinct sound, that will take them far, given the chance.

To check them out, go to www.freakhouse.com. On their site you will find MP3’s to some of the songs and bio’s and a lot of other great stuff that you will most certainly enjoy. Freakhouse is part of Reality Entertainment. Check ‘em out.

www.freakhouse.com

--Psycho Sarah 05.28.04
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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