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Endangered Species
Cydonia
By Ben Ohmart
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2001-05-24
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Artist: Endangered Species (www.esrocks.com)
Title: Endangered Species
Label: Cydonia
Genre: Hard Rock
Audio: Angry (MP3)

Chris Benedict - lead vocals, lead guitars/more guitar Birch - drums, more beat, more voice
Gregg Foster - bass
C J Sullinger - more guitar, more voice

There are more than 4 Endangered Species on the planet of course, and with about 7 additional musicians helping out on this particular disc, all together, they put up quite a fight.

'Propaganda Machine' gives out the fire of Thin Lizzy with the black curtains drawn over Alice Cooper and AC/DC, while 'Monkey' laments the fact that, well, he's got no monkey, in clear UFO meets Judas Priest poisoned guitar picks.

10 tracks, 34 minutes are on the cd, but 'I'm still waiting for blue skies / all my life.' That's the first ballad, 'Blues Skies,' coming at a pedestrian pace after the bad accident of the tight-balled 'Monkey.' Guitars are never put back in their cases though, just given a good blues going over for about 4 minutes, then it's back 'Halfway to Sunrise' where the 'soldiers die.'

But if you really want to put your knife through the thick growth of guitar electrics, crank out the guest bed for Whitesnake and the like for 'Even Now.' In the Kiss and Poison vein, nothin' says lovin' more than being 'Angry,' blanketing the proceedings with clear, cutting electric rhythm guitar and long-haired screech vocals, with other guitars tossed in like so many croutons. One of the best shots given.

But 'Cellblock 109' doesn't fail to please either. Foster's bass leads everything deeper, darker, while the others dub and overdub until there's nothing left but guitar, guitar, guitar.

Bottom line: tuneful hard rock that's more concerned with solid construction than screams for effect. Chris' voice leads you like a troll over the most dangerous part of the bridge, shaken by some fancy earthquake guitars.


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