STRUNG OUT: Blackhawks Over Los Angeles: CD

This CD is quite technically accomplished in the guitar and drums department. My friend back home who’s into complicated metal stuff would love all the double bass drumming and super high gain guitar solos going on. For me this is like a Teflon coated pan; it’s so slick that nothing sticks. A lot of this sounds too much like all the other metallic hardcore out there right now, albeit with way better vocals courtesy of Jason Cruz (thank god there’s none of that annoying pained scream stuff going on). “All the Nations” and “A War Called Home” do hit the right balance of metallic influences and melodic So-Cal punk and are pretty great. The rest of the CD just leaves me pretty much indifferent and “meh.”

 –Adrian (Fat)