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Finger Eleven, Five Crooked Lines (Bicycle Music/Concord Records)
CD Reviews: September 24, 2015

09/24/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Finger Eleven, Five Crooked Lines (Bicycle Music/Concord Records)

This Canadian neo-hard-rock band has been around for 25 years, notching its first successful single, the campfire-metal ballad “One Thing,” in 2005, routine work for this type of outfit (quintet of mop-haired Creed types picks up acoustic guitar, legion of wrestling fans gets teary-eyed when the tune is used during a WWE tribute segment honoring the departed Chris Benoit). On opening hard-banger “Gods of Speed,” singer Scott Anderson thankfully dispenses with any screamo technique (a little bit of it actually would have fit, much as I’m not into it myself), and thus their nondescript but fairly effective formula: heavy chords, American Idol-friendly nu-metal vocals, a knack for decent-enough riffing. The juiced-up bass riff on “Criminal” demonstrates an ability to think outside the box for a few seconds, which this genre could always use, even if the beat is kind of stolen from Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push It.” They’ll be opening for Three Days Grace at the Hampton Casino Ballroom on Sept. 26.
 





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