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Ignarus
Ignarus
Type: CD
Company: Lito Records
Release: 2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 11/29/2005
Reaches into the soul and moves and shakes
Wow, this is a surprise! Ignarus are a very good rock band, even if their name doesn't quite give you that razzle dazzle effect. It turns out that Ignarus play a good blend of stoner rock, really focusing on a unique formula of Alice In Chains meets C.O.C meets Dust To Dust. Sort of an odd tinkering of sights and sounds but it really works on this impressive debut.

It looks like Ignarus is basically a two man outfit made up of singer/guitarist Kevin Showmaker and drummer Dominic Vigilante. The two have perfect chemistry together, coming up with rousing and innovative jams that move with melody and great vocal passages. With this album you can hear a blue collar doom sound as well, probably lifted right off the dirt floors of Sabbath, The Obsessed, and Saint Vitus.

But beyond that is the great rock and roll sensibility, surrounded by the dirty grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. However Ignarus has their own identity, which is probably one of the really rare things about today's rock artists, with today's bands seemingly at a loss of any identity or trademark sound. Ignarus has that rare attribute, that unique aspect of standing on their own and reaching levels of success (or lack thereof) with their own creative vision. This debut album is filled with relentless, skillful songwriting that reaches into the soul and moves and shakes it with rock swing.

These boys are "onto something"!
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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