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Album Review

There's not much to separate Waterdown from other Dag Nasty/Sunny Day Real Estate-influenced hardcore bands. Some inventiveness is present — the All-ish "Round Two" is downright pretty, "The One Thing," with its huge chorus, is an alt-radio smash waiting to happen, and the wedding of quirky pop and emo-metal on "Not Today" is no doubt unique. Overall though, one could pick up releases by labelmates Thursday and Reach the Sky and get the same sort of sensitive-boy-with-a-crunchy-guitar type record. For listeners who can't get enough of that style, this release is solid and won't disappoint; others who have grown weary of that sound may wish to steer clear.


Formed: 2000 in Osnabrück, Germany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The German hardcore sextet Waterdown has consisted of members Christian Kruse, (bass), Holger Behrens (guitar), Jörg Schwoeppe (drums), Claus Wilgenbusch (guitar), Ingo Rieser (vocals), and Marcel Bischoff (vocals). Formed in April of 2000, the band opened up for Toronto hardcore thrashers Grade on their short German tour in the summer of 2000, which resulted in Grade's vocalist and bassist (Kyle Bishop and Matt Jones) helping Waterdown land a recording contract with the Victory label. The band spread...
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