23 July 2013

Earth Crisis - Slither

Someone emailed me the other day and asked why I have not reviewed Earth Crisis.  Now all I have heard from Earth Crisis is one song of a free CD from a rock magazine.  So I have no idea where to start, and have asked one of the other lads to pick an album at random.  The album that got picked was Slither, their 4th release.  It came out on 2000 and was their first release upon their return to Victory Records.  At the time of this release, Nu Metal was ruling the airwaves.  And like other band's before hand, these guys decided to try to incorporate a new sound with their own (hardcore and nu metal) to try to keep up with the in crowd.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - this is one of the cases where it sort of works.

When two styles come together it doesn't always work, this is one of the cases when things are too close for the change in style to really take total effect and make a difference.  Hardcore and Nu Metal are both cut from a similar cloth - boys with angst trying to show the world that they are bigger than the world.  I don't mind either (quite a fan of a lot of stuff from both genres), but this sounds like the time when Machine Head tried to be Nu Metal; it just doesn't work.  For all the slow funk bass playing such as on "Biomachines" and the slow intense build of "Nemesis", the hardcore is just under the surface so to speak; and this album is too much of neither to make it any good for either set of styles.

The production job by Steve Evetts (who has also produced Symphony X, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Saves The Day amongst others) is really good here and does the best with the material that is on offer.  But for songs like "Agress", "Mass Arrest" and "Killing Brain Cells" to truly rise, you need delivery from the band as well.  This is not on evidence here, the one track I had heard from this band beforehand "Hair Trigger" is on this album, and to be honest I had to double check that it was the same song as it all sounds bland and uninspired on this record (it was not that hot in the first place).  I will have to try another of these guys albums as it would be unfair to judge their whole career on one record; I am sure they were proud of this at the time, but it is a very dull record which goes nowhere in a hurry and no amount of muscle flexing and posing is going to change the fact that this record is mediocre at best.  All the marks here are for the production job.

3 out of ten - If only there was some quality control

You can purchase from Amazon here

The band don't have a website, but you can visit their official Facebook page

You can listen to the album on Spotify here

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