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He Who Holds You
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Finally I've found the missing link between Soundgarden's Superunknown and Traluma's Seven Days Awake and, like that movie "Sphere", the answer came from the future but out of the past.

There will undoubtedly be some bashing of this record with the detractors banging the gavel in argument on the grounds of The Fugazi Factor, and I can't say that I would totally disagree. I do, however, think that this album can stand on it's own merits. While the lackluster "Nightmare Men" starts this album at an unfair advantage, "Route Two" is a prime example of how to take the DC sound/formula and filter it through a different prism to reveal a few colors in the spectrum previously unseen. Likewise, "A Room Alone" is familiar but not really tired. The lowest point in this gritty collection of tracks is the struggling closer, "The New Art", which with five minutes to cover begins sounding a little too familiar.

The guitar work is reminiscent of a lot of bands and, when at the hands of Neil Sandler, a six string is inevitably going to ring out like Traluma, as are his vocals. His fellow hold-over, Craig Olsen, continues to establish solid bedrock on which the resonating bass and high strung guitar can build. How high this trio can climb is still unclear, with this release presenting only four solid tracks. If rock and roll were a tournament, Rollo Tomasi could consider themselves on the selection day "bubble."

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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