State Of Grace - _Some_
by: Adrian Bromley (3 out of 5)
After a few listens of this record from Oakville, Ontario four-piece State Of Grace, I wasn't seeing much. But after I got past my "Oh this sounds like NIN's _Pretty Hate Machine_" phase, I discovered there was something to the mish-mash of industrial force, metallic riffs, and samples. Lose the macabre of Marilyn Manson (keep the music style though) and throw in every imaginable twist and turn of Nine Inch Nails and Frontline Assembly (both industrial and dance mode) or rip off and steal all the stylings and arrangements of Stabbing Westward's _Ungod_ LP, and you pretty much have the music of SoG. Though somewhat pigeonholed with this specific sound and style, the creativity in such songs as "Broken Down", "Can It Only Be This Way", and "Beaten" allows the band to at least provide us with some originality. Fans of those bands mentioned above check this band out because they have a little bit of everything you may want. Looking forward to seeing any further progress this band makes.

Contact: STATE OF GRACE, 1011 Upper Middle Rd E. #1301

(article published 10/5/1996)


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