"Everything is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down" (Victory; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Adequate but unremarkable modern rock that runs the gamut from pop punk to the verge of heavy metal, Glasseater's "Everything is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down" isn't the kind of album you play once and then forget about forever, but it probably won't make frequent returns to your CD player either.

As you might expect, it's the heavier tunes that work the best here, with "At Your Own Risk" delivering the hardest punch. Most of the other tunes fall closer to the pop punk genre, and hence too close to spongerock territory. 

I've heard Glasseater described as melodic hardcore, but I don't see it. Maybe there's a hint here and there but, for the most part, the melodic has overtaken the hardcore. Glasseater is strong but not nearly aggressive enough.

"Everything is Beautiful..." may not be spectacular but it is certainly worth a listen.

Glasseater: Julio C. Marin - vocals; J.C. Lopez - lead guitar, backing vocals; Anthony Lopez - bass guitar, backing vocals; Ariel A. Arro - rhythm guitar; Nathan VanDame - drums.

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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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