One Way Mirror - _One Way Mirror_
(Metal Blade Records, 2008)
by: Jackie Smit (5 out of 10)
Perhaps it's down to the demands of a record industry on the wane, but these days it seems that practically every label on the planet has at least two or three acts on the payroll that sound like One Way Mirror. If you're not quite sure what I'm getting at, think quasi-futuristic riffing delivered in a production cocoon so glistening it threatens to blind the naked eye. Think choruses custom-built for the 13-17 year old demographic. In other words: conveyer belt metal in its most factory-bred form.

It doesn't matter that One Way Mirror boast members from Mnemic, Scarve and Soilwork -- as soon as the first song judders into motion, you'll have a clear picture of how the rest of of their self-titled will play out. To their credit, the lads do occasionally churn a mildly amusing number off the assembly line -- the oddly titled "Sockracer" being one prime example. But to label One Way Mirror as anything better than a fair-to-middling support act, let alone the revolution in music they so boldly proclaim to be on their MySpace page, is ignorance taking to heights previously only scaled by cave-dwellers.


(article published 2/7/2008)

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