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"Demo 2000" (Demo)
"Oh ..." (Demo)

"Oh ..." (Demo)

Reviewed by Rose Grech

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After producing their first self-entitled demo, CombinationLock(cL) has put out a full-length album. This CD includes new songs as well as a few old ones from their first demo. 

cL kept their power-pop drive with almost each new song. Their energy is felt with the upbeat, quick chords strumming through and the clever, catchy choruses. However, they are not just full of pop; there are one or two melodic, slow-paced songs. 

One interesting aspect is that all the songs do not sound similar to each other. Not only are the songs instrumentally different, but the vocals vary extremely as well. This credits cL for not being lazy and unimaginative as most bands tend to be. 

This will definitely not disappoint their fans and also invites newcomers to have a listen.

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"Demo 2000" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Rose Grech

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CombinationLOCK's (cL) "Demo 2000," is a five-song EP alternating between radio-friendly pop and punk-influenced rock.  The songs range from hard, fast, bass-driven to power pop and punk guitar riffs, with a variety of vocal styles.

The band, based in DC, formed after the break up of Sorry About Your Daughter in 1997. At first they were called No. 2  Pencil. In 2000, they changed their name to combinationLOCK (which is a song from local heroes Fugazi), after a bass player switch and a load of new songs. 

cL's influences range from jazz and classic rock to rhythm and blues and heavy metal, which can all be slightly heard in their music. They have a variety of styles and sounds, some of which can be compared to Green Day, Offspring, Blink 182 and Days of the New.

Even though you might not be a fan of light alternative/punk music mixed with catchy coherent choruses you may find yourself singing along to yourself while bobbin' your head. cL successfully arranges and composes their diverse musical elements and creates something enjoyable for everyone.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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