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Element Eighty - s/t

Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2003
Label: Universal Records
Genre: NuMetal
Producer: Scott Humphrey
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Texas based numetal quartet Element Eighty got me hooked up with their first single "Broken promises" that is available to listen to at their site,ultra heavy but melodic numetal in the same regions as Stereomud and Twisted Method.
So it was with huge interest I waited for this advance copy to drop down in my house,the album will be released on Universal Oct.28th and if you?re into brutal music a la Pantera and Korn you certainly should check up this band but it?s not a stand out record.
I myself prefer bands like Stereomud and Twisted Method that delivers more melodic stuff but with a colosseum of energy,Element Eighty are capable of making quite heavy riffs but should need a helping hand with the melody lines like from producer/songwriter Bob Marlette.
I have nothing against Scott Humphrey(Rob Zombie,Powerman 5000) because it?s a crispy and massive production but the lack of good melodies makes this effort to be just another of those ordinary numetal albums this world will forget about in a year or two.
I don?t say that it?s bad,it?s not...the song "Dummy block" should make Pantera proud anytime and opening track "Goodbye" is the perfect wake up call for your wife when you leave home for work....ha ha ha ha,talk about a shocking awakening.
The calm song of the album "Scars" features some great guitarplaying from
Matt Woods but the chorus doesn?t lift the song unfortunately,otherwise it could be a real mammuth it?s only normally good if you get the point!
There are also some Ozzy/Zakk Wylde vibes over the tune "Slackjaw" on the verse and that?s cool but overall the final rating will be 3 on a 5 scale.

Tracklisting 1. Guntruck
2. Victims
3. The Sacrifice
4. War
5. Killing Me
6. The Itch
7. Boars
8. Price to Pay
9. Spite
10. Beaumont


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