"The Auburn System EP" (Five Point; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Up until a few years ago, I would never have predicted that I would even care for bands like Burnt By The Sun or Converge. However, I've come to appreciate and even like the chaotic hardcore/grind/death metal sound that gets jammed together in seemingly unrelated ways.

As is (now) typical for this new multi-faceted genre, the young bands trying to find their way stylistically have pretty much abandoned any narrow constraints of what a band's sound should be like. Many bands probably find this approach extremely liberating The Auburn System are definitely one of those bands. Other bands are simply unprepared for a no-restrictions songwriting approach you've probably heard some of these other bands yourself. However, and I believe this to be a bigger issue for the genre, many listeners may have difficulty grasping the random mix of various styles and scattershot approach. As you can guess, The Auburn System aren't for everyone.

"The Auburn System EP" has five-tracks that clocks in under 11 minutes. And a lot of musical ground is covered in that short period of time. This is not casual listening. But I like that I like the challenges that bands like The Auburn System present with their material.

I think The Auburn System show a lot of promise with this particular five-track EP. I am also intrigued to hear what the band comes up with in the future. The fact that The Auburn System are from Massachusetts, depending on your point of view on the recent spate of bands of bands from this historically significant state, may already play to or against any biases you currently hold.

"The Auburn System EP" is definitely for fans of bands such as Burnt By The Sun, The Dillinger Escape Plan and fans of metal of a technical variety.

"The Auburn System" was produced by Ken Susi (Unearth).

The Auburn System is Nick Porter on vocals, James Silvio and Matthew Bistany on guitars, Ali Ghorashi on bass, and Madison Morrison on drums.

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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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