"Countless Monsters" (Self-Produced; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Countless Monsters" is remarkable in its confidence, its musical prowess and its stunning production values (especially for a self-produced CD). The band couldn't have put together a more professional package, from the CD insert artwork to the final recorded project. 

There are eight modern rock tracks here (three of them from the band's earlier CDs, five new tracks) and all are competent rockers that would fit anywhere on modern rock radio. Unfortunately, that's the CDs problem, as well. "Countless Monsters" is littered with all the cliches and tricks that every other modern rock band is out there using. In fact, "Countless Monsters" could be an allusion to the dozens of bands out there in the same genre producing music that all sounds nearly the same.

Still, there's something here that keeps the listener from punching the "off" button prematurely. Maybe it's the band's impressive musicianship, maybe it's the liveliness of the tracks herein, maybe it's the fact that "Countless Monsters" is at least as good as any other modern rock band out there, major label or not. Whatever, it may be the life preserver that keeps AutoReverse from sinking into the pit of carbon copy mediocrity. Of course, only time will tell.

AutoReverse: Justin Smith; Brandon Smith; Bub Smith; Joe Dasksiewicz. 

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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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