"Superstar Prototype" (Nuerra Records; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Sweden's Cellout new CD, "Superstar Prototype," came to me advertised as the "new discovery in melodic rock" -- but that’s really not the case, at least to my ears. Instead, "Superstar Prototype" has much more of an alternative/modern sound. When I think of "melodic rock," I think of bands like Ten or Axe or virtually any artist on the Frontiers record label. But that's not Cellout.

Instead, the music on "Superstar Prototype" falls into the almost nu-metal categories of bands like Disturbed, Papa Roach and the like. Because I was expecting something else, I didn't really care for the CD the first time through. Nothing really stuck with me. A second listen, with a better understanding of what to expect, made me realize that the CD works rather well for what it is. There are no bad tracks, although some are better than than others and it's well-produced and well-written.

Of course, the mistake may be all mine. Maybe my understanding of the definition of "melodic rock" is incorrect. I'm the first to admit, I'm terrible with genres (and especially sub-genres). However, I would recommend Cellout's to fans of Papa Roach, Linkin Park at the like, but not so much to fans of, say, Journey.

Cellout: Percy Mejhagen – Vocals, Guitar; Robert Monegrim – Guitar, Backing Vocals; Anders Sevebo – Bass, Backing Vocals; Martin Karlsson – Drums.

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

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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