"Tax the Nation" (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With "Tax the Nation," Embryo Picnic run the gamut from fast-paced punk to growling death metal. And they do it all well.

Most of the tracks on this CD are furious punk ditties in the vein of Dead Boys and Circle Jerks but a few tracks, like "Run" and "DLF," take an entirely different direction, grinding out a driving, rapid-fire sound that's closer to death metal. Surprisingly, the band sounds good no matter what they're playing, and those genres don't necessarily have much in common. Their punk side is perhaps the better of the two, as evidenced by their covers of 7 Seconds' "Anti-Klan" and Black Flag's "Fix Me," both of which are incorporated seamlessly into the CD.

The only downbeat aspect here is that "Tax the Nation" is a little under-produced and sometimes sounds a little murky. The good news is that's not necessarily a bad thing with a record like this. Shiny production might have ruined the inherent attitude here.

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

"Embryo Picnic" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Unsigned bands are the lifeblood of the music scene and we here at RoughEdge.com love to listen to them for the pure joy of checking out a band that not many have heard before and telling the world about them.

Embryo Picnic are just that kind of band. Loud, in your face and full of piss and vinegar, Embryo Picnic employs energy and heart to put together a truly enjoyable musical experience. This band alternates and blends punk, heavy metal, pure rock and then goes back and does it again, constantly changing and interchanging. The styles flow past like a windstorm, with the listener never really knowing what will come out next.

The songs are very well written with better than average lyrics that make up thoughtful ditties that are written with sensitivity and the flair of a band that has done this for a long time - whether they have or not.

Embryo Picnic: Sean - lead vocals; Ryan - bass, guitars and Alan - drums.

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

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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