Failure of Usual Reasoning - _Failure of Usual Reasoning_
by: Jackie Smit (3 out of 5)
Hailing from the bowels of London, Failure of Usual Reasoning is a band with much to applaud and unfortunately a fair bit working against them. Whilst the tinny production and cringingly poor drum sound could be to blame for the effort's lack of gumption, the over-use of Maiden-esque melodies on tracks like "Beer Angel" and "Buried" detracts heavily from the impact of Wes Haulip's uber-brutal vocals -- a deep-throated roar that could easily go toe to toe with Frank Mullen or John Gallagher. Where FoUR come into their own is when they dabble in the type of twisted stop-go polyrhythms that would elicit a sadistic grin from any Dillinger Escape Plan worshipper. By increasing their focus on these aforementioned strong points, and upping the overall heaviness of their music just a tad, FoUR could well be a name worth remembering.

(article published 26/12/2003)

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