Farmer Boys - _The Other Side_
(Nuclear Blast, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (3 out of 10)
With a name as overwhelmingly asinine as Farmer Boys, one could be forgiven for having preconceptions as to the quality of the band's musical output. If anything is to be learned from the wonderful and often weird world of metal however, it's that it's better to not judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately though, even the most open-minded pundit is likely to have his or her patience tested, as the twelve tracks collected on the German five-piece's fourth album reek of the same year-old stilton that wafts over their moniker. Billed as a blend of Depeche Mode and Faith No More, Farmer Boys have little in common with either, and come across instead as the quintessential caricature of Euro pop rock with slightly louder guitars. True, the slick, contemporary production job of Siggi Bemm (The Kovenant, Guano Apes) make this record mildly more palatable than _The World Is Ours_ or _Until the Cows Come Home_, but as anyone unlucky enough to have suffered through those albums will attest, that doesn't count for much.


(article published 23/3/2004)

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