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Juggernott - Necessary Evil 2004 Self Financed reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Time Has Come
2. Quest For Comfort
3. Slipping Through The Cracks
4. Ordo Ab Chao
5. No Goodbyes
6. Devil's In The Details
7. Let Us Kill
8. Dance In The Fire
9. Pain
10. Wasting Away
11. Soul Master
Juggernott are a rather trendy metal act from Indiana. "Necessary Evil" marks the band's debut, and what a stinker it is.

I really hate bands that have no clue what the real deal is. The bands that just hear a song or two on the radio and decide that they want to try the same damn thing. Juggernott are one of those bands. It's a real shame to take what little bit of talent that is here and completely wash it away with a lackluster attempt to write radio friendly hits that will only see playing time in your local football team's pre-game warmup. Juggernott are just plain jock-strap metal, never really becoming unique are interesting through the eleven tracks on "Necessary Evil".

Every song here has one main focus, one bombastic groove hook that really never changes from track to track. It seems like the group concentrated on one big hook, and distorted it through eleven tracks, bending and shaping it for each cut. Its rather sludgy at times, with plenty of distorted and fuzzy guitar noise. This is just awful.

"Time Has Come" opens the album with a chunky, heavy sludge sound reminiscent of bands like Kindred Idol and Crowbar at times. Vocalist/drummer Steve Lawrence doesn't really sound like anyone, but he also never stops to sing one note on the whole record. "Quest For Comfort" follows the same formula, one big, generic riff throughout with vocalist/talker Lawrence just stumbling through. "Slipping Through The Cracks" tries a Van Halen/Pantera intro before dipping back under the covers. Highlight of the album, and the only GOOD song is the ballad, a nice atmospheric run with "No Goodbyes".

I am being perfectly honest when I say I have two-hundred bands just like this in my collection. They get no playing time in my rotation, and rightfully so. Good songwriting, skillfull musicianship, and a closely guarded original sound are the true ingredients needed to make a great album. Juggernott are sub-par and the end result is a below average effort with "Necessary Evil". Change your ways, or just stay home.

Anyone looking for this type of sound should listen to Conquest. www.conquestmetal.com.

Note-Juggernott, NOT to be confused with Juggernaut, the sensational NWOBHM band that released the classic gem, "Baptism Under Fire". Not even an original band name....jeez.


--EC 07.27.04
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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