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"Can't Breathe" (Tommy Boy)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Boiler Room layer blistering guitar riffs over throbbing rhythms with vocals that qualify more as "singing" than "screaming" to tap into a modern genre of music that seems to be growing in popularity. Fans of the very popular Godsmack will find Boiler Room equally intriguing, although Boiler Room has a more streetwise sound.

"Do It Again," the CD's opening track, gets things off to a driving start with razor-sharp guitar riffs and a hook-laden chorus. "Insomnia" is a slower-paced track that delves into the world of stress that chunks along with staccato guitars and a lilting chorus. "Patience" is a great combination of guitar and vocals with each perfectly complementing the other. "Hopeless" is a fiery anti-anthem that rocks in a more straight-forward manner than other tracks. And "No Reason," the CD's final track, is a menacing piece in which vocalist Lino's work really shines.

There are a few low points. Track 7, "Can't Breathe," (the title track, interestingly), comes off as a bland, near rap/rock tune while "Vindictive," track 12, doesn't boast nearly the "rage" its lyrics mention time and again. 

All in all, however, "Can't Breathe" is a damn fine CD. What's more, one can tell by listening that Boiler Room is incredible live. The music sounds as though it were written to be performed on stage. Check your local listings and get to your local record store and pick up a copy of "Can't Breathe."

Boiler Room is: Chris Lino - vocals; James Meselsohn - bass; Rob Caggiano - guitar; Mike Meselsohn - drums.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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