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Steve Cone - Distortion - 2006 - In My World Studios

Track Listing
1. Tastes So Good to Me
2. The Chosen Ones
3. Life Blood
4. Hangin’ By a Thread
5. Alive
6. Sixty Nine
7. I Have The Right
8. Burning
9. Understand
10. Insane
11. Locked and Loaded
12. Distortion
13. Wrecking Ball
As you tip through the tracks of Steve Cone’s latest cd “Distortion” it’s impressive that Cone plays all of the instruments with a heavy focus on his guitar work. Cone is a more than competent axe man, with a stadium, Def Leppard, Flying V, arena tour swagger in his style and he deserves props for being quite capable on drums and bass as well. However, where the cd falls short on a consistent basis, is sophomoric lyrics delivered weakly for 13 tracks.

Cone has the musical chops but he should recognize that all the arpeggios and chord progressions in the world do not a great cd make if the lyrics are delivered with a less than profound, or in this case, palatable vocal. Cone’s talent is overshadowed throughout the entire cd by unfortunate singing, and it would be interesting to see what Cone could produce if put a good front man on the stage.

Steve Cone’s music recently caught the attention of metal historian and MTV producer Rick Ernst who will feature Steve Cone’s guitar work in the upcoming documentary Get Thrashed. The feature about the history of thrash metal is due to be shown at major film festivals as well as on cable and satellite systems in the near future. Let’s just hope they don’t ask him to sing.






--Strutter 04.09.07
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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Kim Thore5/6/2007


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