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Jaw S/T 2003 Reversed Records Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. Kin
2. Confetti Rains
3. Sympathy
4. Forty Four Seconds
5. The Calm
Most of the metal I listen to can be dropped into one of the main genres (death, power, black) fairly easily, but the 5-song EP from Canadian band Jaw is quite different. It's easily the most unique metal CD I've heard this year.

Lyrically, standard writing is set aside for bleak stream of consciousness phrases strung together like this:

"The calm's breathing...lie to all my faces...look back at me...I fear freedom...fall backwards...and you...no...don't touch me...no...not alive...no...heart beating...no...waiting for me...."

On first listen, there's no way to predict which way the songs will go. Emmanuel Olorewaju slurs first-person gutteral yells over top of deep slabs of guitar work from Jason Dokken--no similarity to the other band sharing his name--whose playing is essentially non-melodic, metalcore-styled, foundation riffs that back up the angry vocals. It might not be such a interesting CD were it not for the vocals which range from drunken hollering to Eddie Vedder slurring that layers in and out of the songs.

Certainly it's fresh for the field, but the innovation Jaw is giving may be too much for conservative metal audiences and more for the new millennium headbanger. Listening to Jaw is like watching an autistic person hitting themself over and over and over.

Bottom Line: The music itself should appeal to modern fans of hardcore/metalcore, but the primal vocals are strangely delivered and a toss-up.


--Nailer 05.25.04
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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