"Full Scale" (Columbia; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Politics and music have been combined forever, it seems. Music is a popular outlet for artists to express their point of view. 

Full Scale's hard hitting, metal rap pelts out music at a fast and furious pace. Musically, this CD rocks hard, especially for fans of rap metal like me. For the first few songs, I was even getting into the band's unflinching political rhetoric.

About halfway through, however, I was ready for the band to lighten up a little so I could just sit back and enjoy the music. I don't mind politics mixed into my music but this CD is relentless. Frankly, I found it exhausting rather than relaxing. If I wanted a sermon, I would go to church. If I wanted a lecture on politics, I would watch television (but not Bill O'Reilly; what a jerk!). 

Rage Against The Machine do it well; System Of A Down does it well; Full Scale overdoes it. This band needs to step back and lighten up ... at least every now and then. Rock has to be fun sometimes, otherwise it's just a sermon with guitars.

For more information, check out http://www.fullscale.com.au

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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