Egypt Central
Egypt Central


2.5
average

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
September 11th, 2009 | 17 replies | 6,744 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another Nu metal band tries to make it big.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

With a name like Egypt Central, it could be shocking that the band sounds just like any popular alternative metal band out there. In fact, it takes elements from every similar band you can name and combines them to make another average band. I’m talking about bands like Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Pillar, Trapt, and Linkin Park. Although Egypt Central has the same general song structure, they seem to be a little better at what they do. The drummer isn’t bad, the guitarist throws in a few solos once in a while, and John Falls’ screams fit the bill nicely. Saying they’re great, however, is pushing it (in the way that if you push a wine glass off the table it’ll break).

The most similar band Egypt Central can be compared to is Flyleaf (this is a bad sign). Egypt Central uses simple guitar tactics to create an atmosphere only built from their guitars. This may seem completely generic and boring because of the amount of mainstream bands that use this tactic, but for this band it works well. Also, John Falls’ voice has a striking resemblance to Pillar’s Rob Beckley. With this feeling of déj* vu, it helps new listeners to settle into a new band, namely, this one. However, anyone could love this album on the first listen. It has the typical angst, lousy lyrics, and random screams that make up most of Nu metal. There is absolutely nothing unique about this band, so naming the starting tune ‘Different’ is ironic in a tragic way.

All of the songs sound the same! It starts with a quiet rock verse and then builds up into the catchy, anthem metal chorus. Sure, there might be interesting bridges once and a while, but it’s just another excuse for John Falls to throw in some more overused screaming. The only two songs that try a different approach are ‘Walls of Innocence’ and ‘Home’. The first of these songs reflects upon the injustice in the world and has a multitude of people chatting (at the same time) about subjects like terrorism. This approach works well even if it’s just a borrowed idea from Disturbed. The second of these songs is an acoustic piece. While alternative metal bands have the silent rule that there must be a quiet song in every album, it’s refreshing to hear something that isn’t an exact replica of every song off the album (even if it’s boring). If you like one song on Egypt Central’s debut album, you’ll probably like them all to an extent (depending on how much crap you can take); if mainstream metal is your cup of tea, this could be enjoyable. For everyone else though, this will look more like a steaming pile of bull*** than music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
September 11th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My patience for this band ran out on the last paragraph. Also, someone screwed up the album cover. I can imagine alot of people liking this band, which probably means I'll get flamed. I can take it.

blabony
September 11th 2009



89 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I've totally forgot about these guys !
very disapponting album .... I think your rating is very generous !!!
good review btw...

pizzamachine
September 11th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm usually generous with my reviews, but average says it all!

Bleekill
September 11th 2009



832 Comments


I don't think you'll offend many people on sputnik by giving a numetal band a low score. Good review.

pizzamachine
September 11th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I doubt it. Thanks.

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2009



44164 Comments


LOL artwork. It aint 1997. Good review Pizza.

DeadStarShine
October 10th 2009



774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A nice effort in my view =)

pizzamachine
October 10th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's decent for sure, in fact, I like this band better than the bands I recommended.

DeadStarShine
October 11th 2009



774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what bands did you recommed ?

pizzamachine
October 11th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Look to the right.

Prince1993
August 23rd 2010



536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's wrong with the album cover?
Over and Under is the best track on the album.

Acanthus
September 7th 2010



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I first saw them live in a very small venue, the energy was amazing and the songs superb. Not a person was standing still, even the bartender loved them.

One of the most energetic bands I have seen live at a small venue before, this is probably one of the best $10 I have ever spent.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

GoodRockinDay
April 20th 2011



4 Comments


I actually enjoyed there new song, White Rabbit, is that better than this or worse, and if I liked that would anyone suggest getting this?

DeadStarShine
August 17th 2011



774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Apart from You Make Me Sick, I never saw anything (semi-)good from this guys. I see 3,5 too
much in this page, what's wrong?

nickg42084
September 13th 2012



88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree with this review and most people's comments on here. Obviously if you do not like this type of music you will not like this album. However if this type of rock is your thing then you will find it is quite good. I guess I don't understand this site people go on and on how they hate a particular album....well why are you listening to it then?

Brabiz
January 3rd 2014



141 Comments


I actually really enjoy this album. Major guilty pleasure.

xstaytrue18x
March 30th 2014



575 Comments


i listened to you make me sick so much when i was 16



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