"Rain Machine" (Dreamscape; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Audiogasm's "Rain Machine" is a crisply produced rock'n'roll record that is notable mostly for its brand of radio-friendly rock'n'roll with a punk rock punch. 

The CD runs the gamut musically, at times offering glimpses of influence by such wildly different bands as the Ramones, Def Leppard, Poison, Foo Fighters and more. 

"Rain Machine" never steps into heavy metal territory and it'd be tough to categorize most of the music herein as "hard rock" (although a few tracks come close). If I were forced at gunpoint to name a band they most closely resembled, I might say The Babys, but that's just my best guess.

Regardless, the band is tight and the music well-performed and well-written. You may not bang your head to "Rain Machine," but your toe will be tapping the whole time. Once again, the fantastic production needs to be mentioned. Although the promo copy we received doesn't list a producer, I've seen elsewhere on the web that John Spence (The Cult) acted in that capacity.

Audiogasm: Scott Wardell - Lead Vocals, Guitar; Mark Norton - Guitar; Rich Preston - Bass; Paul Thompson - 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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