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21 Octayne, Into The Open (AFM Records)




21 Octayne, Into The Open (AFM Records)
CD Reviews: July 17, 2014

07/17/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



21 Octayne, Into The Open (AFM Records)

You have to negotiate a pretty thick forest of BS before getting to the meat of this basically worthwhile hard-rock potato. These are five euro-metal fellas, all of whom have survived extended stints with B-list rawk-star thingamabobs like Joe Perry Project (the singer), Axxis (the guitarist) and Rhapsody (some other guy). That’s usually enough to scare off any seriousness I might have applied to one of these brief rundowns, but furthermore, the band’s logo is all messed up — the “2” and the “1” look like a “2” and a “4” when they’re mushed together like that, don’t they? These screw-ups aside, though, it’s not a bad record, really; it’s certainly not the usual disposable Skid Row thing that conjures images of mullets and herpes medication.  Within their Avenged Sevenfold/Papa Roach nu-metal approach there are things that are actually cool, like old Rage Against the Machine anger-management bonk-bonk-bonking and even a [very] few quirky samples. They could become a next-gen Candlebox, if that sounds the slightest bit appealing. A- Eric W. Saeger





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