Spineshank - _Strictly Diesel_
(Roadrunner, 1998)
by: Jody Webb (7 out of 10)
Roadrunner is betting on Spineshank to be their next big act, to follow in the footsteps of Coal Chamber and Vision of Disorder. I don't expect to see it happen, but hey; I would never have guessed the success that Coal Chamber has seen -- I just don't like it! Anyways, I think the best way to summarize _Strictly Diesel_ would be to mix a glass of Deftones with a shot of Fear Factory. It has all the trademarks of the Deftones, like aggressive verses and melodic chorus; just throw in some sparing use of electronic effects on the guitars and a bit of Fear Factory style shouting. I like more than half of the thirteen cuts, but I don't feel there is anything killer on here. Burton Bell from Fear Factory does some throat on "Start the Machine". Dino Cazares is a big fan, too, as a sticker on the case says, so expect to see Spineshank open for FF when they headline a tour later this year.

(article published 1/10/1998)

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