"Polar Shifts: A Prelude to the Positive of Negative" (Expanding Music; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

These are the kind of CDs that I hate to review. Not because "Polar Shifts" is a bad CD. It isn't. But rather because -- despite the fact that this is an obviously talented band, that the CD is professionally produced and that the six tracks here adequately entertaining -- "Polar Shifts"  just never grabbed me.

I can get a sense of what the band is trying to accomplish (a sort of melodic harmony backed with heavy music and sonic atmosphere) and, I guess, they're pretty successful at it. It's just that as "Polar Shifts" played, I found myself anxiously awaiting the next track, hoping that it would be more engaging than its predecessor. Even a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Something I Can Never Have" didn't have the bite I hoped it would.

It's quite possible the problem here is with me. Maybe "Polar Shifts" and I just don't click. Multiple listenings didn't help, as they often do with more challenging rock. Still, I calls 'em as I see 'em and "Polar Shifts" just isn't my cup of tea. Maybe it's yours. Visit the band's website at or their page at and decide for yourself.

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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