Drown - _Product of a Two-Faced World_
(SlipDisc, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
It's been a while since I last heard anything about Los Angeles outfit Drown -- I thought they'd disappeared. Guess not. Lunging back into the noise/groovecore element of metal music, Drown has sized up their talent and shaped it into an interesting array of song ideas that not only are modern sounding, but a cut above the rest at times. Led by screamer/innovator Lauren, Drown bashes its way through some killer numbers (such as "The Day I Walked Away" and ""My Private War"), rarely slowing down and losing the listener. What also makes this a pleasant spin is the fact that not everything flows in sync. It's a little messed up in places, making it a listen that takes some getting used to. On the downside, I hear shades of Korn on this disc; not a lot, but enough to see that the band needs to find new ideas to spark life into this project. Granted, this record has material that's two years old and a bastard child of label jumps -- I still have faith in the future of this worthy quartet.

(article published 16/1/1999)

1/16/1999 A Bromley Drown: Misfits of the Mainstream
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