Lo-Pro
The Beautiful Sounds of Revenge


4.0
excellent

Review

by Wunderbar007 USER (16 Reviews)
June 8th, 2010 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strong, beautiful and inspiring...

Strong, beautiful and inspiring are words I usually only use to describe myself but, being in a generous mood, I’m willing to share the status with Lo-Pro and their second LP release The Beautiful Sounds of Revenge. Almost seven years ago, before even daring making fun of myself on the internet as I just did, I came across Lo-Pro, a relatively unknown hard rock band with a brand new self-titled debut and a terrible picture for album cover. Suffice to say, they had me at “Sunday” and despite the long hiatus since then, we have managed to remain close and on good terms. Meanwhile, their popularity went relatively nowhere and besides a couple of live gigs with Aaron Lewis from the generic snooze fest that is Staind, Lo-Pro remained underground.

Today the talented crew finally makes a return and, to my biggest surprise, a solid one (even the album cover is nicer). Comprised of Pete Murray (Vocals), Neil Godfrey (Guitar), Pete Ricci (Guitar), Jerry Oliviera (Bass) and Tommy Stewart (Drums), Lo-Pro manages to improve on their debut and remain consistent throughout. Vocals always seemed like their strong point to me and that hasn’t changed, with the powerhouse Pete Murray from Ultraspank taking the helm once again. This time however, he is backed by much more impressive instrumental work, really giving their sound an edge.

The songs themselves also didn’t disappoint for the most part. Whereas the debut only had a few standout tracks, this new album oozes effort, giving each song legs to stand on their own. The album begins strong with “Blame Me”, a short and sweet piece of music, but in my opinion stumbles a bit with the following “Texas” and “Pushed Aside” tracks. Many will probably disagree, “Texas” being one of their more recognized songs of late, but I find its chorus to be lackluster and it just never really takes off for me. We then get “A Life That's Just Begun”, standing only a notch above the previous two thanks to its inspirational chorus and grand build up near the end.

“Wasting Away”, much like “Texas”, disappoints a tad in the chorus department. Yelling “I’m wasting away” at the top of your lungs (what lungs however!) felt repetitive and slightly annoying. Also it’s important to note that until now, all of these have been pretty straight forward rock songs with a heavy side. Make no mistake; there is nothing progressive about these guys. With “Ingenious” however we get a much welcomed change of pace. The song begins sounding like something straight from the new Dead Letter Circus LP while Pete Murray just talks in the background. Slowly but surely his singing makes a comeback and the song builds up to an incredibly powerful chorus. This is definitely one of my favorites off this album! “Alive” returns to their regular rock routine but does it so well it can’t help but stand out either. Another favorite is found!

“Hang On” is probably my least favourite track here. It’s not bad, at all; it just doesn’t appeal to me and falls in the same pile as that couple of early tracks I wasn’t crazy about. Next up we have “All I Have” and “Say” which are technically one song as the latter flows directly into the first if merged. Why they were cut like this is beyond me but in any case, this is one beautiful song. This time around we get a ballad with an almost dreamlike feel to it, kind lyrics and, like most of their songs, a positive message. The rest of the CD remains strong with superb tunes like “Clean the Slate” and especially “Breath” but ends on a soft note with “Letting Go”, another ballad that Pete has performed live with Lewis in the past. I found this one a little too slow and boring however, reminiscent of many Staind tracks, but that’s just me.

In the end, I was very pleased to see this band record something new as it was truly a pleasure to listen to. The lyrics may seem simple on some songs but their overall message and performance are so uplifting that you can’t help but feel great as you go through this CD. They won’t change the music industry since creatively they don’t really introduce anything new, but what they do perform, they do so extremely well! A treat for any rock/hard rock fan!

(Oh and I’m not sure why they are listed as Nu-Metal but don’t let that scare you off as they are far, far from it!)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Masochist
June 8th 2010


8826 Comments


Holy shit, is this a real-life, actual Lo-Pro review on Sputnik? And not a negative one, at that!

I discovered Lo-Pro when they were an impromptu opener for a Halestorm/Chevelle/Shinedown/Staind concert I went to. They impressed me enough that I went and downloaded their album. Great album, especially for a genre of music so often overloaded with mediocre output (I actually put "Sunday" as one of my 2009 year-end digs)...but I attribute its success with me almost entirely to the vocals of Pete Murray. I hope the new album is as good as you say (I'm downloading it right now on Amazon).

Your review is great, since it got me excited to hear it. This reads like a structured track-by-track, but I'm perfectly okay with that since this band isn't so well known (it's helpful to have an approximation for all the songs on an album by a band you've probably never heard of before). The only thing I would warn against would be lines like this:

“Hang On” is probably my least favourite track here. It’s not bad, at all; it just doesn’t appeal to me and falls in the same pile as that couple of early tracks I wasn’t crazy about.


...because it doesn't really say anything about the song itself, only that you didn't like it (which automatically gives it a negative appeal to people who have never heard it). Other than that, it's pretty well written.

Anyways...thanks for the review! Maybe I'll comment later when I give the new album a thorough listen-through.

vanderb0b
June 8th 2010


3473 Comments


Nice review, awesome introductory sentence.

Wunderbar007
June 8th 2010


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit, actual comments for an unknown band! And they're not negative!



Seriously though, thank you guys! Masochist, thank you for the great advice. I'm still new to writing reviews and what you said definitely helps! I hope you enjoy the album as I did.

And thank you Vanderb0b! As you can see I decided to have some fun with this one.

cb123
June 8th 2010


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

will have to check this out, liked the first LP

Wunderbar007
June 8th 2010


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then you should enjoy this cb123.

Raz0rGrind23
July 18th 2010


457 Comments


Dang these guys are still kickin. I will look into this one. The LP was enjoyable.



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