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Che: Chapter 127
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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Well, a friend of mine insists that, "The defining aspect of punk is having a voice - What you do with that voice is up to you". Che: Chapter 127 takes this voice aspect to the extremes of resistance in the name of compassion. They quote their namesake in their CD insert: "Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love: above all, always be capable of feeling any injustice committed to anyone anywhere in the world". It's nice that they care - It almost makes up for their music.

If you like heavy, crunching guitars with no direction coupled with lyrics from the direct left, you may think this is for you. It is not that the music never elicits excitement, it simply never seems to take you anywhere. The pounding drums and guitar act as a backdrop for Meegan's monotonous, yelled vocals. Her voice sounds the same on almost every part of every song. Exceptions include a rap-like approach on the second half of "Kill The Ones Who Question", and "The Choicelessness Parade" which features some light singing. "Conquistadoras" and "One Minute Of Silence" are the two tracks that contain transitions between engaging riffs at regular intervals, but that probably isn't supposed to matter because of the message, right?!? It depends on what you want in an album.

Conscientious, pissed-off teenagers who want to resist the system may find Che: Chapter 127 to be a way to occupy their time. I don't mean to slam those who take a stand - This band has its place in the push for justice in a huge, uncaring world. Whether you view an idealistic band as a hope or a threat, you should probably take them with a teaspoon of salt before you get too excited.

Reviewed by Lance Birch

Reviewed by Lance Birch

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