"Healthy Manipulation" (RCA)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Clockwise is hard, heavy and (surprise!) modern music in the vein of Drowning Pool, Creed, Seether et al. It's the kind of hard rock that many are going to like and many will scorn, simply because the music of Clockwise will speak to so many.

Very guitar-driven, "Healthy Manipulation" not features sturdy chords, sharp leads and well-written songs. Lead vocalist Austin Leduc has a soulful haunting voice that portrays the pain of the lyrics very well. Speaking of lyrics, these are the type of youth angst and anger songs we hear so often in modern hard music but "Healthy Manipulation" may not work as well without them. The band's sound fits here like a glove.

I've heard Clockwise compared to punk bands like Blink-182 but I don't hear it. Clockwise sounds more like the bands I've listed above, at least to my ear. 

There may not be anything unique or unusual or new about Clockwise, but at least they're solid musicians. That alone makes "Healthy Manipulation" worth a listen.

Clockwise: Austin Leduc - lead vocals; Alfonso Bernal - bass; Dave McMahan - drums, background vocals; Justin Pasquale - guitar; Scott Beare - guitars.

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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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