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Minus
Halldor Laxness
Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Minus consists of five menacing looking guys from Iceland who are signed to Victory Records. Without knowing anything else, I knew my eardrums were in for an unrelenting assault at the hands of Halldor Laxness.

The album's opener, "Boys of Winter," reveals all the cliches these guys could have up their sleeves within the first few seconds. First comes the cheesy metal guitar riff, then Krummi (the singer) joins in chanting lines like, "You spread your love like a fever/I can't get the temperature down." From there, it's lame Deftones-style riffs and an almost constant break-neck speed nearly all the way through. With titles like "Here Comes the Night" and "Insomniac," the overdone style doesn't come as much of a surprise. There are brief moments where guitars aren't blaring and the drums aren't pounding, but certainly not enough to say that Minus make any attempt at diversity.

Before this record was released, Minus was regarded as one of Iceland's best hardcore groups, and according to some disgruntled fans the group has sold out their sound for an American audience. Obviously, that might not be a fair assessment since their other work has never found its way into my hands, but selling out is a much more comforting explanation for the blandness of this album than knowing that lines like "I cannot close my eyes/ I wait for my demise" are being sung with honesty and not a desire to earn lots of Kronurs.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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