"Breaking the Mould" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Sometimes a band just clicks and instantly you know you're onto something special. When I first put in this self-produced CD by Geared 4 from the UK, I knew from the first track that this was one very talented and interesting band. 

"Breaking the Mould" is straight-forward, no bull, rock'n'roll - just the way it should be. The music thunders out of the CD with fierce intensity that lit up my CD player nicely. I can't believe this band isn't signed to a major label; they should be on the current Ozzfest tour or opening for some national touring metal band right now. They are that good. 

Check out their website at, download some tunes and see if you don't agree. This is the kind of band I love to review: one that rocks hard, is relatively unknown, and has a shitload of talent.

Geared 4: Peter Hunt - drums; Glenn Abel - bass and vocals; Ian Colley - guitar; Matt Schnu - guitar. 

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"Natural Selection" (Self-produced; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Natural Selection" is a rough and raw rock'n'roll recording that combines the furious pace of thrash and the in-your-face attitude of punk. Its tracks alternate between Metallica-like burners (i.e., "Wrapped Right"), Rancid-like punk ditties ("Cement Head"), raging Gwar-like mini-epics ("Death Thoughts") and simmering Pantera-like rockers such as the final track, "Geared Four Fix." 

The CD is a virtual cornucopia of metal / punk / thrash sounds. Surprisingly, it all comes together very well. "Natural Selection" may have a lot of variety, but it also kicks some serious ass. There isn't a slow moment on the CD, much less a slow track. 

The production should also be mentioned. "Natural Selection," produced by the band themselves, sounds as good as any big label release. You don't hear many self-produced CDs that sound this good.

Fans of any of the above-mentioned bands and others like them will find a lot to like here.

Geared 4: Glenn Abel - bass, vocals; Peter Hunt - drums; Seamus Griffin - 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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