Showstripsilence: Monsters And Humans
Showstripsilence - Monsters And Humans - [Graves Records]


All right then, these Italians gave me quite a difficult time at first – I really couldn't decipher the music they were going to play from the album's cover, but I opted for some kind of sleaze rock. I wasn't that far off. These madmen start off the album aggressive riffing and energetic drumming – yep, this is sleaze rock county. But then, the vocals kick in – hardcore anyone? Screamed shouts that brought to mind some of the annoying current post-hardcore screamers from the US, that's not a good sign.

It continued with the second track – Evilness, some really horrendous screams when the track starts out, that mellow down a bit in some of the more melodic bits. It's a shame really, the guitar lines are brilliant, the drumming's good, and the sound is top-notch, but these cursed screams really shove a mic up the music's ass.

The third track is unbearable, Nightmare just sounds like a pale Emo-core wanna-be that sounded as if it trying for Americanized but failing.

OK, let me get to the point. These is potentially a great band, but they need to decide what kind of music they're making. I know they used to play in core bands of all kinds, but if they have their minds on making sleaze-rock, they need to stick to that – since they do it really well. The fourth and fifth tracks really show off the band's talents, strong riffs, great energy, and some of the more melodic vocals actually work well, but the minute the vocals go into either a nasally emo direction or just plain post-core screams- it goes to hell.

It's still a lot of fun, and has a lot going for it, but ultimately this needs to be purer, more focused, to be a really great album. As it is, it's just a good one.

Alon Miasnikov

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