"Fear - Pain - Love" (Caterine Music; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Instrumental rock is a challenge to review -- just ask our editor R. Scott Bolton (Editor's note: I confirm that.). That being said, however, I look forward to any instrumental rock that comes my way.

Caterine is Jimmy Caterine, formerly of Hawaii's Sacred Rite and - as far as instrumental CDs go - "Fear - Pain - Love," is in many ways much better than most and, in still other ways, it does at times fall short. 

When the music is upbeat and fast paced, this CD is solid and fun; however, on the other end of the spectrum -- when the ballads come into play -- it is often morose and depressing. 

Still, from the very first note, this release is a labor of love and hard work. Even when a particular song doesn't click with me, I can appreciate that.

Final assessment: "Fear - Pain - Love" is very well done and is at its best when it's fast and hard but less than stellar when the music slows down.

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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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