Operator
Soulcrusher


2.5
average

Review

by rokoutwyurcokout USER (4 Reviews)
January 21st, 2008 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


With so many bands out there, pushing the envelope on music in one way or another, why is it that radio seems to latch on to these four-chord bands that blend into the bland mix that seems to pump through the FM? Operator, while able to step up front somewhat with Chris-Cornell-like vocals, still doesn't make much of an interesting listen. It is enough to satisfy the average nu-metal/hard rock fan and will give them a reason to headbang mindlessly (as I like to do) but can I at least gain some depth in the song? If this music is to be categorized, it seems to resemble the "sleaze rock" or "stripper rock" of Motley Crue or Buckcherry. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to the individual.

Slightly intrigued by their fist-pumping single, "Soulcrusher," I picked it up not expecting much except some decent background noise. While songs like "Soulcrusher" and "Live Your Way" are plagued by lyrical gems like "Soulcrusher/No other/Soulcrusher/Don't give a f***!" and "Nothing pays off for p***y motherf***ers!" It comes off childish and overwhelmingly laughable instead of how it could be strongly delivered : look at AC/DC for how bad lyrics won't necessarily sink the song. Luckily, they can produce some heavy and very catchy D-tuned riffs that keep most of these songs afloat.

Still these guitars feel anxious and impatient, desiring to branch out more often, like the open solo at the end of "What You Get." When there is the occasional guitar solo, they definitely work. One can't help but wish they pulled out more of them to bring life to overly-repetitive and obnoxious songs like "The Only One." They show that they work best when they harmonize and tone it down into what could be high-school-dance ballads such as "Delicate" and the guilty-pleasure "Black Cloud." His voice sometimes tilters between wonderfully melodic and horribly nasal over the chord-picked progressions. Luckily, he seems to catch himself before falling too far into the wince-inducing side of his vocals and when he does, the vocals are pretty damn powerful.

It is an average-active-radio-rock-record and these guys probably know it. Heck, that's probably what they were going for. The album reaches strong points sporadically and produces ballads that keep enough distance from cheesy to be appealing. The riffs are an attractive factor and the vocals are better then most of the active-rock-radio out there. If you're looking for some noise to listen to on a road trip or you have a stripper pole in your basement, this is a good choice. You might as well take a listen.

Recommendations:
Make 'Em Pay
Delicate
Burn Up The Road
Black Cloud
Good Enough


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MediocreAtBest
January 21st 2008


1473 Comments


Good review, great for a first. A friend I work with likes these guys and always wears their shirt. Since 85% of the music he listens to is nu metal, this sounds like the majority of what he likes, and from what I've heard this review is pretty accurate: generic radio hard rock, not my cup o' tea.

blackened07
January 21st 2008


949 Comments


I've had this for a couple of monthes and still havent listened to it.

Wizard
January 21st 2008


19641 Comments


These types of bands serve their purpose, but atrocious music is still atrocious music. Ok review!

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

rokoutwyurcokout
January 21st 2008


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The band serves it's purpose, yes, and it's pretty generic throughout the whole album. I still sit by my rating considering the riffs are so obnoxiously catchy and it's well put together. It's definitely not atrocious and this is from someone who has a love for a large span of music (Dream Theater to Mastodon to Eagles to Radiohead and all over).

It works but the ballads kind of blend together and half the songs are forgettable. Still, there are a few that shine.

Thanks for the comments though! Peace!

tomayw
February 3rd 2008


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good also not too good
This Message Edited On 02.13.08

rockfan123
April 19th 2008


344 Comments


this was a decent review, not great, not poor, I'll pos because it's your second review.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009


10382 Comments


I like this album. Sure, the choruses can be bland at times, and it's not the most creative album, but I still enjoy listening to it every now and then.

Digging: Thou - Heathen



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