~reviewed by Eric
StarVox isn't the kind of site that rates
CDs with little stars, or headbanging leather-armored metalheads, or even
animated flame gifs. We also don't include little informative boxes to
sum up CDs in terms of "good songs", "bad songs", or "bottom line". I'm
glad we don't, because that's often a flashy approach that fails to properly
present a CD. But I was listening to Bullethole, and thinking - we've heard
this heavy nu-metalish crap often enough to know that the guitars are downtuned,
the riffs interchangeable, and the singing senseless screams about pain
and suffering, or how we're gonna get our asses kicked. So with that in
mind, let's shake up the format to spare you some reading time.
1) Various Scales of Rating
First, out of 5 stars, Bullethole gets
none. They also get no headbanging leather-armored metalheads. But they
do get some animated flame gifs. I'll let you speculate as to why.
2) Informative Non-Box-Like Box of Information
The good: There's an instrumental at the
end - I appreciate the lack of aimless screaming.
The bad: Everything else.
Saving grace: the CD is 32 minutes. That
makes it relatively quick and painles--...er, quick.
Retail price: $12
Eric's suggested price: I got the CD for
free. And I'm still complaining.
3) Qualifying Remarks of Ass-Saving
Some of you are going to think I'm not
giving the band a chance. So just to cover myself, let's be clear. If you
really do like nu-metalish music with chugging riffs and nigh-hardcore
screams of Irascible Raging, you should take the time listen to Bullethole
samples. But even within its context of not-quite-nu-metal heavy thrashy
grindy hardcoreish... stuff, there's little doubt that Incarceration is
an unoriginal CD that does not live up to similarly heavy quality bands
(think: The Haunted or Strapping Young Lad). Bullethole manages an occasional
groove or headbanging riff, but for every decent bit of almost good metal,
we face an army of unmemorable thumps and screeches.
4) Bottom Line
I'll be the first to admit that I'm biased
against this style of music, especially when it's unoriginal. I think we've
got enough already. The most positive thing I can say about the CD is 'Give
it a chance if you like the style.' ...but avoid it if you like songs with
variation, melodies, or any other sort of creativity.
1) Twist The Knife
3) Nothing Will Remain
4) Broken Lies, Shattered Alibies
5) Thorn In Their Back
8) Now I Know
9) Moment Of Hate
Costas - vocals
Andreas - guitar
Kiriakos - bass
Leyteris - drums
Black Lotus Records:
The End Records: