"COTM" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

When a band clicks, it hits you like a kick to the head. Rarely does that happen, but Carbon 9's "COTM" did that to me. 

Right from the start, the band's techno / rap / metal combination blew me away with their sheer power and presence. "COTM" shines with a strong metal presentation that sounds like it should be on the soundtrack to a major motion picture. It's that good.

I don't know what the hell "COTM" means, but it really makes no difference - it rocks nonetheless. What really blows me away is that this band has no recording contract - this shit sounds like they've been making records for decades. Carbon 9 is one of the most robust new metal acts I have had the pleasure to witness in some time. This band is the complete package; undeniable talent, outstanding lyrical content and storytelling ability, and charisma, plain and simple. This band gets the full four chainsaws for an outstanding musical experience.

Carbon 9: Stacey Quinealty - lead vocals and programming (also handles the producing); Curtis Porche - bass; Darwin DeVitis - guitar; Jaysen Hawks - drums; Danny Cistone - backing vocals. 

 Check out their web site at for a sample of their music and more info on the band. 

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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