Index Case
Index Case



by Wunderbar007 USER (16 Reviews)
April 20th, 2010 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If bands such as Flaw, Hour Cast or Element Eighty are your cup of tea, you’ll feel right at home with Index Case.

While “Nu-Metal” may be looked down upon by many, I urge you to look past the music genre and give these guys a chance as you may be pleasantly surprised, as I was.

Formed back in 1998, Index Case is still going strong despite the lack of recognition over the years. The band currently consists of Joe Ansley (Vocals), Josh Parker (Guitar), Nick Borror (Bass) and Josh Ickowitz (Drums), as they get ready to release their fifth album “Augustagein” June of this year.

This fourth album, entitled “Index Case” was the first I have heard of these guys, and became instantly hooked. While nothing truly stood out in the beginning, something kept bringing me back and I believe that something was balance of instruments and vocals, complementing each other flawlessly on every track. This incredible blend allowed me to enjoy what each band member had to offer despite neither being outstanding at what they do. The vocals ranged from pleasant soft singing to effective screams with seamless transition, while the instruments provided a heavy yet clear sounding ambiance. The lyrics also fit right in, displaying the bands creativity with dark and at times mysterious lines that took a few listens to fully grasp.

After going through the album a couple of times, the seemingly generic formula, melodic verses intertwined with screams backed up by heavy instrumentals, became apparent and was applied on every track. Yet despite my initial fear of similarities between songs, mostly when it comes to instrumental work, I quickly realized that the band has managed to craft a unique sound, feel and pace to every song. Even now, after all this time, I don’t consider a single track to be filler and everything I’ve mentioned thus far contributes to that. To top it all off, these tunes are addictive, relatively short (not a single track over 5 minutes and most under 4) and most are upbeat, which means they will play through quick enough to not get repetitive but will stay with you for some time.

I have no illusions. Dissected, this band is nothing spectacular. The vocalist stays within his comfort zone when singing, the instrumental track on the whole is without surprises, and the lyrics while interesting, won’t be the deepest you come across. Combined however, it makes for a very enjoyable listen considering what it is, quality Nu-Metal. The end result is something I treasure to this day and can recommend without hesitation for fans of the genre, hence such a high rating. If bands such as Flaw, Hour Cast or Element Eighty are your cup of tea, you’ll feel right at home with Index Case.

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April 20th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

My very first review! I'll appreciate any comments or criticism.

April 20th 2010


members also liked:
Linkin Park
Five Finger Death Punch

hahaha no thank you.

April 20th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

Believe me, they are much closer to Element Eighty and Flaw than Linkin Park or FFDP. And if it's any consolation, I don't like any of those 5 bands.

Crimson Death
April 21st 2010


I listened to some song, it started out whisper-singing "fuck your memories" in a very generic sounding voice, and I turned it off immediately after. I'll pass on this one.

April 21st 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

Like I said, it's still nu-metal at the end of the day. Any advice on the actual review?

February 7th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

i like some flaw and element eighty but this album was just uninteresting, nothing kind of jumped out about this album at all

March 6th 2017


Album Rating: 2.0

How is this even close to a 5? I couldnt get through this album. Overall production was garbage. Singing was so flat i swear a f*king pancake was singing and it was so boring and uninspired. Did the members of the band rate this a 5? Wouldnt be surprised

December 30th 2017


Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of the very few albums that really grew on me over the years, though I can definitely see why it didn't get much love. At face value, this is nothing special, but something (maybe the atmosphere) just grabbed me and I always came back for more.

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