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Self-Destructive Pattern

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Album Review

After launching their career with a debut album inspired largely by Fear Factory's patented brand electro-death metal, and then transitioning towards the era's prevalent nu-metal trends with their second, Los Angeles' Spineshank succumbed even further to commercial pressures with their third opus, 2003's Self-Destructive Pattern. Essentially a hard rock album accentuated with sporadic metallic attitude, spiked with pseudo-techno inflections, and sprinkled with rap-metal distractions, Self-Destructive Pattern didn't do much justice to the band's aggro roots, but it did contain a handful of singles boasting serious crossover potential, in an Alien Ant Farm or Papa Roach kind of way. "Violent Mood Swings," "Smothered," "Tear Me Down." and the almost Linkin Park-esque "Forgotten," in particular, seemed ideally suited for both rock radio airplay, and allowing them to barely squeak onto Ozzfest's second stage, if they were so inclined. But despite showcasing a budding versatility from vocalist Johnny Santos, neither these nor cosmetically correct (if terribly derivative) nu-metal candidates like "Slavery," the title track, and "Stillborn" (containing a final few nods to Fear Factory) seemed likely to distinguish Spineshank from the growing mass of self-parodying (yet, for the most part, less conflicted) bands of their ilk. And a verdict would never be reached, in any case, since the internal strife that had contributed to Self-Destructive Pattern's convoluted creation wound up culminating in Santos' departure mere months after its release — thus somewhat fulfilling the prophecy of its title, if nothing else.

Biography

Formed: February, 1996

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Los Angeles heavies Spineshank began in February of 1996, rising from the ashes of a previous band, Basic Enigma (which included future Spineshankers Johnny Santos on vocals, Mike Sarkisyan on guitars, and Tom Decker on drums). Basic Enigma broke up upon hearing Demanufacture, the 1996 release by electro-metallists Fear Factory, but soon re-formed with a different sound and moniker, and a new bassist (Robert Garcia). The band soon befriended Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, who upon hearing their...
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