Nothingface
An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity


3.5
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Review

by Justin King USER (4 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2010 | 10 replies | 7,821 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sophomore effort that shows the band stepping away from their Nü-Metal roots and maturing significantly.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Nothingface was a metal band that came a long way during their short existence. The started as a typical, if not slightly below average, Nü-Metal band and evolved into a more groove-based metal band. Their first offering was slightly annoying, as it was only a very standard offering within the realms of the genre, with terribly repetitive and predictable song structures. However, their second album is a much better album that represents the band, and the potential they had, very well.

The album starts off a bit on the heavier side, with a simplistic, yet effective, drum/guitar accompaniment that leads into the main riff that yet again isn't remarkably technical, but gets the job done. The next thing introduced is the vocalist, who is surprisingly good. He has a very "full" scream that is, for the most part, completely decipherable, and he also has a smooth singing voice that is very satisfying, especially considering the genre they were confined to. The guitarist is fairly standard throughout, and never really shows off, save for a few moments of whammy bar abuse on certain tracks. The bassist, surprisingly, has a relatively large part in keeping the band interesting, because he doesn't simply follow the guitar like so many other bassists do. He actually has his own riffs that are fairly impressive. The drummer almost completely separates himself from the band because of the absolute dominance he has over the kit. He keeps the songs structured while at the same time keeps them ever-changing. The most impressive thing about the drummer is that he even throws in a few polyrhythms into the mix and keeps the listener guessing as to when the song will change pattern.

The negatives to this album, while not in a large abundance, are very noticeable. First, this is definitely an album that was from a band's stages of establishing their signature sound, and sometimes falls flat to what it attempts to accomplish. Second, the production is a bit odd at times. Occasionally, the cymbals will be in an overabundance and drown out the rest of the band, and once in a while, the vocals will sound muffled, and become lost in the mix.

In retrospect, this is an above-par album that shows the potential the band had during the course of their all-too-short career. Throughout the album, you will be satisfied with the material presented, and amazed at certain points, primarily because of the vocalist and drummer.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
June 22nd 2010



15960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Good review. One of the better bands to come out of the nu-metal thing.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010



8354 Comments


nice little review, but one question, why do you constantly say Nü metal instead of just saying nu metal?

JustinKing
June 22nd 2010



1300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just felt like it. If it bothers you, I'll remove it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010



8354 Comments


naah, I don't really care how you type it, I just haven't seen anyone else call nu metal Nü metal.

omgraptors
August 16th 2010



813 Comments


best nu-metal cd?

Willie
Moderator
August 16th 2010



15960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

One of them, for sure. Try Flaw's debut and 40 Below Summer's debut.

omgraptors
August 28th 2010



813 Comments


sounds promising thanks

omgraptors
September 3rd 2010



813 Comments


bump. this needs more attention. this is the Jane Doe of nu-metal.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2011



7038 Comments


Like metalstyles has said, that could be just 'nu-metal'

Nothingface was a Metal band that came a long way during their short existence.

why did you put a capital on 'metal'?

repitition of nu-metal in the first paragraph, change it up a bit. add 'for the genre' or 'for the music's stylings'.

Again this has a slight play by play feel. You can describe elements of the song but try to avoid telling us (the reader) what happens in each part of the song/album.

Your 'negatives' paragraph is actually well-done. Ticks box.

And you did the 'in summary' thing again. Not a huge issue. But it does feel like you were rushing the end of your review, and it ends some-what abruptly.

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Again, steady improvement *pos.* The thing i want to emphasise is proofread, proofread and more proofreading. Improvement is a good thing to see, props to you.



Sapient.
March 17th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Top Nu metal album, very underrated



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