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Is Dead

Crime In Stereo

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Album Review

Melody and hardcore don't usually go hand in hand. But Crime in Stereo is not your average, ordinary hardcore band. There was a time when hardcore music usually meant a group of tough, sweaty, shirtless skinheads jumping on top of each other and group-screaming along to their favorite chorus. But the times they are a-changin', as evidenced by Crime in Stereo's third full-length overall, 2007's Is Dead. Although not a pure hardcore band necessarily, the group certainly contains more muscle than the average pop-punk band you'll spot on MTV, and there are certain moments that will peak the interest of hardcore admirers. But take a song like the album-opening "XXXX (The First 1,000 Years of Solitude)," which manages to combine both pop melody and hardcore — without coming off like some slick gloss merely aimed at crossover success. But on the other hand, the group also offers tracks that do not include one iota of hardcore rage — including such ditties as "Unfortunate Tourists" and "Choker." Some of the group's older fans may have a problem with Crime in Stereo's newer melodic direction, but like most notable groups, musical growth is a very necessary component. And you have to admire the chances Crime in Stereo take on Is Dead.

Biography

Formed: Levittown, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Levittown, NY, hardcore revivalists Crime in Stereo moved along quickly. After issuing a demo in 2001 (recorded in a basement in truly hardcore style), Crime in Stereo landed an opening gig for Cro-Mags and did a split 7" with Kill Your Idols before issuing their first full-length through Blackout Records in January 2004. Explosives and the Will to Use Them garnered comparisons to forebears like Dag Nasty and featured no-bull song titles like "Play It Loud F*****s" and "Warning: Perfect Sideburns...
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