AS CITIES BURN

"Hell or Highwater" (Tooth and Nail Records; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Christian Indie rock. Try that hat on and see how it fits. This band started in 2002 and is sometimes referred to as (ACB). According to their MySpace page they have recently broken up and this disc was the first and last on Tooth and Nail Records. Who knows what the future brings? But please allow me to give you a synopsis of this previous effort.

Upon first listen, you might have to check out for a while. I recommend just sitting back and listening because the Indie sound is really labeled correctly. I don't like a lot of Indie music because sometimes it wanders off the normal path and, unless I'm really interested in following it, I get bored and start skipping tracks. This isn't like reading the last page of a book to find out what happens; you have to be in the mood for it to find out how it ends.

The music isn't bad and when it gets going it sounds pretty decent. I just felt too many times like I was listening to a demo instead of a polished track. There are a few tracks that feel like they might take off but it doesn't last long enough for me to applaud their effort. The guitar is salty in some parts and if you want to give them a listen I recommend visiting their MySpace page.

As Cities Burn: Cody Bonnette - vocals, guitar; Colin Kimble - bass; Chris Lott - guitar; Aaron Lunsford - drums.

http://www.myspace.com/ascitiesburn

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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