"The Duplicated Memory" (Eulogy; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Sometimes reviewing CDs comes as naturally as breathing; sometimes the words just flow from your fingertips - it's almost as though the music tells you what to say.

Once in a while, however finding the words to write a review is like pulling teeth. Reviewing Calico System's "The Duplicated Memory" was one of those experiences.

The first time I spun "The Duplicated Memory," I had real problems getting into the band's sound. I think the first and foremost problem were the vocals - they go from clean to raging scream in the space of a heartbeat. Hey, I like screaming vocals as well as the next guy - sometimes only screaming will do - but the constant up/down, clean/scream was a bit hard to take. 

Musically, however, Calico System was easily worth a second listen. Subsequent spins of the CD saved the band in my eyes (okay, ears) and the more I spun it, the more I found my self identifying with Calico System and "The Duplicated Memory." The band really kicks metal ass with a total balls-out, aggressive style that grew on me fast.

Calico System was one of those bands I'm glad I didn't give up on. The vocal style took me a bit, but it all paid off in the end. It may have taken some getting used to, but "The Duplicated Memory" was well worth the extra effort.

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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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