Scorched Earth Policy - _MMVI_
(Independent, 2006)
by: T. DePalma (6.5 out of 10)
Since 1997, California's Scorched Earth Policy have been establishing themselves among the passers by as an independent support act that's more than ready to receive their due. This debut full-length is no less of an argument. The group's mixture of bay-area ash and hardcore is less bullying than, say, Pro-Pain, but forwards similar political diatribes while carrying a largely adequate production and variety in their performance. _MMVI_ carefully alternates between the raging tempo and slow budding groove with soulful vocal delivery attached to each. Among the more peculiar tracks on _MMVI_ is a cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and several treks upwards as songs like "Train Rolls Without You" recall Seattle's Alice in Chains, snippets of Sabbath not far behind. It's an outdated approach that here signals a plain sincerity in their work, but I think their most promising work still lays in that more aggressive domain. Seven tracks on pro-CD.


(article published 15/11/2006)

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