"We Screen for Thieves" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I?ll admit during my first few spins of Ahimsa Theory?s ?We Screen for Thieves? I was a little distracted by other things. So I was left asking some questions: Is this an emo band? Or is it simply an alternative rock band? Do I really even understand what emo is/was or what alt-rock means anymore?

?We Screen for Thieves? is a three-track demo. Apparently, Ahimsa Theory has been compared to Head Automatica and Incubus ? I hope it means something to you as it means little to me. Generally, in ?We Screen for Thieves? I hear a little bit of Coheed & Cambria; however, given my familiarity with C&C is fairly slim my assessment may be a little off.  The vocals are sung with a respectable rock'n'roll voice with the occasional scream and/or outburst peppered in the mix.

Finally, ?ahimsa? means non-violence ? which is a good theme for these violent times.

Simply listening to ?We Screen for Thieves? it is apparent to me that Ahimsa Theory certainly has the talent and chutzpah to make a go of it in the dastardly music business. However, my ignorance of the alternative rock genre leaves me little hope of properly assessing their chances of ?making it.?

?We Screen for Thieves? was produced by Enoch Jensen and Ahimsa Theory.

Ahimsa Theory: Gabe Bledsoe on vocals and guitars, Warren Baumann on bass, and Dustin Riddle on drums.

For more information visit http://www.ahimsatheory.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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