Lost Souls - _Fracture_
(Nuclear Blast, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (3 out of 10)
It's amazing that it has been so long since Machine Head's _Burn My Eyes_ took the metal world by storm (that was in 1994, if you've forgotten already) and still the band's sound and style influence the ways of many bands out there. The riffs. The vocals. The attitude. It's all there and circulating through the sounds of many newer metal acts out there nowadays. The latest culprit, Lost Souls. For sure, this is a total rip-off of Machine Head in terms of guitar sound. As for the other aspects, the vocals are more death-ish than what Machine Head singer Rob Flynn has been accustomed to providing us with, but still this is total Machine Head -- start to finish. The only saving grace of this LP is the ultra-cool rip n' roar feel of "2 Pieces" and "Downfall". Other than that, it's all been done before. I know I've said that before, and you know what? I'll keep saying it again and again if bands keep rehashing and/or ripping off other bands.

(article published 1/9/1998)

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