Art Of Dying - same
Much feted as The Next Big Thing ™, with all the proper grown up rock mags lauding them big time, it's debut album time for Art Of Dying.
When I reviewed their single 'Get Through This', I disputed the contention of them being Canada's leading underground band, largely due to the fact that they couldn't be more straight down the middle, mainstream rock, even if they has the words 'mainstream rock' impregnated in their bloodstream.
But, as with the single, it's very good mainstream rock, even more impressive over a full album, as they work their way through their Nickelback meets Creed big rock, that's so popular with the colonial masses, huddled over their cups of coffee and book burning sessions.
There's at least 3 tracks here that will get stadia going ballistic with 'Fits Of Clarity', a guaranteed Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks number 1 with a bullet, whatever that means, and 'Do What You Can', the power ballad extrordinaire. They are ludicrously polished for a band that have only be on the go for a couple of years, and put most new bands to shame. If they can piggyback on to a big US tour, they should have the world at their feet without too much difficulty.
Some folks will moan at the commercial sheen that they've applied to their rawk, but that's usual the bitter mumblings of people to whom McCola Enormodome means working the concession stand, instead of blowing the roof off.
:twisted :twisted :twisted 1/2 / 3.5 out of 5 Buy From Amazon