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The Father Panic Riot Orchestra - Death Of The Last New Beginning - 2004 - Self Released

Track Listing
1. Drowning In The Wishing Well
2. Life And The Art Of Losing It
3. Cinder Block Dodgeball
From Southern Connecticut comes metal-core band The Father Panic Riot Orchestra, a full throttle trend band that really doesn't break much new ground with their new EP "Death Of The Last New Beginning". This type of sound has really started to become stale, but for some reason sales are still up and the tour packages are still coming together. For those of you looking for a new face in a familiar crowd, well you aren't doing anything terribly bad by checking these guys out. They aren't original or innovative in anyway, but in terms of just going through the motions they do a decent job.

First cut "Drowning In The Wishing Well" goes down several different avenues, using everything from Pantera's southern drawl to Crowbar's mean street wails in an attempt to create the most hostile atmosphere. The band uses modern groove based elements to advance into the aggressive realms. Vocalist Tom is a fairly good vocalist, mixing in clean vocals with a deep death sound. The track ends with some surprising keyboard touches. Second cut "Life And The Art Of Losing It" starts with a spoken passage before going into the same sort of city section as the first cut. Fast doubles from Jon and an intense bass sound from Mark keep everything firmly planted in the intense garden. Closer "Cinder Block Dodge Ball" is a funny little tale that starts with some witty dialogue before exploding into a Skinlab chemistry exam.

Bottom Line - For fans of Pantera, DevilDriver, Skinlab, and Sepultura.



--EC 08.20.05
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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.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
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