V Shape Mind
Cul-De-Sac


2.5
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Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
April 26th, 2010 | 8 replies | 1,897 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This ain't no Ed, Edd, N Eddy

Once upon a time when I was a growing teenager bustling with angst and as we all know discovering music is a tricky thing. I’ve never seen a soul starting out buying a Circle Takes the Square, or a Converge album. Most people start from angst filled music of their teen-hood, such as the likes of Limp Bizkit, or Godsmack, and slowly (but surely) work their way up. That’s why I see nu-metal as more of an introductory genre then….an actual genre. Once upon a time, all I did was listen to these little man-teens who refused to grow up, and as I slowly grew into heavier music and slowly shedding myself from almost any form of nu-metal. While I can still look back fondly, that doesn’t mean I necessarily want to go back.

V Shape Mind was one of the lesser known nu-metal bands, and on an initial listen, they seem to hold a lot of promise. Apparently lead singer Brad is close friends with Mudvayne frontman Chad and the similarity shows. Both have a gruff, rugged singing voices and high pitched screams (though Brad rarely ever goes anything beyond an angry yell). The instrumentals are less metal-contrived and more along the lines of hard rock, or in a weird sense alternative.

Now the hard problem about finding this album's “highlights” are tough, because while every song might be pretty solid, but they all sound about the same. Distinguishing one song from another can be a daunting task as almost every song seems to follow the usual hard rock formula of “verse 1-chorus-verse 2-chorus”. “Monsters” definitely stands out though as it gives off a different more eerie vibe, and the contribution of Chad’s single scream actually benefited this song in terms of originality. Now I can find something positive to say about each and every song on here, but it’d be the same compliment over and over again, and like calling your girlfriend “cute” every time you see her, it starts to get old.

Like fellow nu-metal act From Zero I happen to have a soft spot for these chaps, but I still can’t ignore the obvious problems that plague this album from front to back. It’s still a pretty good album in it’s own right, there’s not 1 song that fails to be solid, but that’s because they basically put every song down with slightly altered choruses, and riffs. For nu-metal diehards only.

Recommended Tracks-
Monsters



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ThePalestMexican
April 26th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Had a sudden urge to review this
Constructive criticism always welcome

Ghostechoes
April 26th 2010


1353 Comments


The artwork alone makes me not want to listen to this.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2010


8357 Comments


You know how much I hate to be a dick Palest, but, even though I did get an impression how this might sound from your review, the writing does need some work in the grammar department.

bloozclooz
April 26th 2010


1770 Comments


show is awesome

ThePalestMexican
April 26th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright I'll look over and see what I can find and fix. It's okay to be a dick when you have reason, grammar has never been my strong point, but it's good to see that my writing skills aren't TOO terrible.

kitsch
April 26th 2010


5107 Comments


Only for numetal diehards only.

fix this please.


my introduction to heavy music was minor threat. i was 12 or 13 and had been listening to green day/blink 182/taking back sunday and thought it was punk. i randomly selected minor threats discog from the punk section at fye. it was so hard and loud that it gave me headaches but i kept listening.

ThePalestMexican
April 26th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nu-metal was my intro, as you can see. It's been an intro to just about everyone I know, but there is the occasional person I know that was like "I popped in In Flames and thought it was good". Screaming usually is an acquired taste, but now I barely notice.

kitsch
April 26th 2010


5107 Comments


yeah ive noticed a lot of ppl have to work up to it. i was just ready to get into "rebellious" music so it didnt matter what conventions were broken



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