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Invasive / Exotic

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Album Review

Loud and brooding, this sociopolitical group tends to hit the listener over the head with their message with bloodcurdling wails and nu-metal intensity. Lead singer Michelle tends to create little in the way of substance on the opening "Lender of the Last," but the hardcore punk metal of "Michael Cosgrove" is a slight improvement. The musicianship is about average for such an album, but the intensity of each track is definitely a positive, even if it sounds a bit over-produced and far too polished. "Barrell Roll" is the best track here, but even then it's not saying very much. "Sidesplitter" is the most accessible song, coming off as a hard punk rock number despite the nu-metal overtones. Unfortunately, the group doesn't seem to have much in the way of originality, although the heavy metal attempt on "Creeping Death," a Metallica cover, is a brief positive.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Maryland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Originally formed in Maryland in 1998, Hiretsukan relocated to New York City shortly thereafter. In the fall of 1998, between rehearsing, performing in local venues, and testing new lead singers, the band released a four-song demo cassette. A three-week American tour ensued. Hiretsukan eventually discovered its permanent lead singer and continued performing in and around New York City. In 2001, the band was assisted by Don Fury to record their debut disc effort. Signed to the...
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