CALICO SYSTEM

"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.

For more information, check out http://www.calicosystem.com

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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