"Believe" (Wind-up; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Some CDs are much easier than others to review. Big Dismal's "Believe" is one of the easier ones.

Here's the formula: If you like many of the artists on Wind-up Records (i.e., Creed, 12 Stones, Evanescence, Seether, etc.) then chances are you're going to like Big Dismal as well. Like the aforementioned bands, Big Dismal has their own, unique sound but it still falls well within the Wind-up Records sound category. In other words, it rocks pretty hard (but not too hard), it's very radio-friendly (sometimes too radio-friendly) and there are plenty of melodies and hooks to be found throughout. As far as comparisons are concerned, Big Dismal sounds closer to Creed or 12 Stones than Evanescence or Seether.

So - Big Dismal is a pretty good band and "Believe" is a pretty good album. They don't really have anything new to offer ... but that's all right; they don't have to. All they have to do is be good at what they do - and they are. "Believe" delivers exactly what its targeted listeners are looking (and/or listening) for.

Big Dismal: Eric Durrance - vocals/guitar; Chuck Shea - guitar; Jeff Chomin - drums; Gary Sobel - bass.

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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