Written by: TL on 24/08/2008 01:31:17

You have got to be fuckin' kidding me. Alright, alright, I know that's a horrible way to start a review, but here's what: Normally, I'll admit that I'm shamefully appealed by any band sporting a hot woman as a member. Yeah, sure, it tickles my interest every time, I said it. So Level-C, a band composed of 4 females and 0 males should be right up my alley right?

Yeah sure, if it didn't sound like they were all trying to be men! Can you imagine four chicks trying to be Pantera? I mean thumbs up for liking Pantera, but going from there to making an album that sounds like Disturbed when they try to be heavy while failing even worse - I didn't even think that was possible - that's just.. wrong!?

I can already hear the whiners gathering to tell me that I'm only bullying this band because they're girls, but in all honesty, I've listened to this self titled debut album a handful of times now, and not one time have I succeeded in taking it seriously. I just want it to end as fast as possible so I can go listen to something else, that's the truth of it. The promo material boasts about massive riffs and gut wrenching vocals, and yeah I guess my guts are wrenched - from laughter! It's been proved in the past that women can successfully do awesome vocals in heavy bands, just take Candace Kucsulain (Walls Of Jericho), Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Annette Olson (Nightwish) or even Hayley Williams (Paramore) and it should be clear that you can do it without summoning up mental images of tank-weight Ukranian lesbians in the minds of your listeners. So it's not like the sex is an excuse, this just plain sucks. It goes for the instrumentation as well, as it plays on a southern fried pseudo-heavy nu-metal/hard rock style that should put a gritty expression on your face as an effect of my description alone.

I might be wrong and I might be too harsh, but this is my review after all, and the way I see it, the only reason this band might attract more rednecks than other similarly sounding bands, is that its members have boobs, and it's okay for me to fire at that, since the girls have even opted to sport a pair on their cover. So like I said, Locomotive, you've got to be kidding me.


Download: Ignite Us
For The Fans Of: Limp Bizkit with boobs
Listen: myspace.com/levelc

Release Date 11.07.2008
Locomotive Records

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