Civil Defiance - _The Fisher for Souls_
(Blood Orange, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
I hate to use the words 'odd' and 'cheesy,' but those two words best describe the work of Civil Defiance. Managing to cram progressive rock, metal, 80s riffs and cheesy lyrics into 37 minutes (8 songs) is pretty impressive. It really is, I just wish a lot of the material had been straightforward prog rock/metal instead of spurting out all of this weird, jazzy-riffed shenanigans, rock star vocals, and drum solos on top of the rock/metal sounds. Talk about a smorgasbord of ideas. Some of the songs and ideas I liked ("Death to the Clown" and "Dreams Die Fast") but overall I'm left with a headache and not knowing what just came blaring out of my boom box.

Contact: Civil Defense, P.O. Box 1305, Glendale, CA USA 91209

(article published 14/9/1997)

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