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A Four Way Stop
404 Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This CD does feature new tracks from Hero of 100 Fights, Insidious, and unreleased tracks from Managra and Tintoretto, but don't be fooled, this record serves as a prime example of the rock incest running rampant in the midwest. side from Insidious the bands are basically comprised of the same members, with an extra bass player or vocalist thrown in here and there. And, to be honest, this stuff all sounds the same.

As much as they make me nutty at their live shows, I rather enjoy Hero of 100 Fights' brand of faux-math, pseudo-metal rock, at least in the recorded medium. The opening track, "Shudder the Lights Off," comes across much better recorded than live, the vocals only cause cringing for a few seconds here where they drive nails into your ears live. Hero100 seem to be moving toward some kind of slower, "let's break this shit down fo ya" mentality in their newer material, which honestly doesn't suit them. This quartet can really glisten when they stop the lazy drum and bass doodling and kick it into high gear, but the lyrics aren't going to show up in a collection of Deep Thoughts any time soon.

Insidious are still themselves and don't really offer up anything at all variant from their full length on 404 released last year. It is nice to hear something a little more aggresive. It would be even better to hear some creativity now and then.

Managra and Tintoretto were both Wisconsin bands who broke up, their members forever waving an "ex-" flag for their future projects. Sometimes I feel like bands are a waste of these people's time and engergy as the obviously slop songs together, releasing scores of songs on various records, singles and compilations before breaking up a year after getting together. It feels like no one is paying attention here and, subsequently, it is hard for me to pay attention to the product.

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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