Boiler - _Cow Tipping in C Sharp_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
Ithaca, New York's trio Boiler are good at what they do, I'll admit that, but the music they play is a tad annoying. I've never had problems with bands who play "groove metal" (think Prong with shades of Pro-Pain and Machine Head), but it's just that the music of this trio sounds a tad forced, especially the vocals. The band's _Cow Tipping in C Sharp_ is a rollercoaster ride of aggression and grooves, but rarely did this listener feel compelled to mosh or be moved by the groove; rather I was cringing at the next round of aggressive grooves ready to be played. I've seen some good press about this band and I can understand what people like about them -- they are tight and have a groove -- but I can't get into them. I think there comes a time in any reviewer's life where they just feel very numb about a band and nothing the band does will intrigue them. I think I have reached that point with Boiler, though I must admit I like the track "The Beautiful Terrible".


(article published 3/7/2002)

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