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The Cringe
Scratch the Surface
By MuzikMan
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Artist: The Cringe
Title: Scratch The Surface
Genre: Rock-Alternative
Label: Listen Records

The Cringe sounds like The Smithereens meets Metallica, which would be an authoritative and heady combination in my estimation. While they take from classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and the like, well, who doesn't when you play rock music? Nevertheless, this band really cooks right along on their new album Scratch The Surface.

The opening track, "Another Day," is pure dynamite; it explodes and demands your attention, which is a good setup for the rest of the CD. Tracks like "Burn" and "Blood" are spelled out very matter-of-factly and the lyrics don't beat around the bush, either.

John Cusimano has a great rock voice and Rob Lein plays one mean six-string; the only problem is Cusimano's great pipes do not receive their due; they seem understated, almost toned down by the awesome force of the music. If the mix brought out his voice more to the front of their sound, which is fantastic mind you, this would be a five star recording. That is my observation, other than that this is a good album that should find plenty of eager listeners. I certainly found myself reaching for this CD quite a few times.

Rockin' tunes from a band that is reaching for the stars, you can't ask for much more than that. They play their asses off on this album and I really appreciated every track. Keep rockin' dudes you really have something there, you are just scratching the surface of something big.

1. Another Day (3:48)
2. Burn (4:14)
3. Too Many Problems (4:25)
4. Kiss Me When You're Dead (4:39)
5. I Don't Know (2:33)
6. Grave (6:39)
7. Been Alone (3:54)
8. Life That You Choose (4:12)
9. Empty Table (3:47)
10. Far Away (2:13)
11. Song 13 (1:19)
12. On and On (3:33)
13. Blood (4:54)


Musician Credits:

John Cusimano-vocals, guitar
Rob Lein-lead guitar
Matt Powers-bass
Shawn Pelton-drums

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