"Hold on Humanity" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This four track EP was recorded live at the legendary CGBG's in New York on March 9th, 2004 and features two original tracks and two covers of wildly different styles.

Although a very rough recording (it almost sounds as though it was recorded from the audience by someone with a personal cassette recorder), "Hold On Humanity" displays an aggressive band with some high energy and solid talent, if not a lot of originality.

The original songs ("Brand New Life," "Killing a Friend") are moderately paced rockers with substantial drive. "Man in the Box," a cover of the Alice in Chains song, is played in a pretty straight forward manner with the vocals not quite keeping up to the quality of the original tune. "Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog," a Dying Fetus cover, fits the band's style much better and closes the EP out with a brutal blast.

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

"Warning Shot" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Bands like Hold On Humanity are one of the main reasons I got into reviewing music. To find self produced, unknown bands busting their butts to produce kick ass rock'n'roll. This band fits into that category nicely. They're hardworking and have no political record label bullshit to deal with. They just deliver quality music done on their own terms. 

The music is well thought out, expertly put together and still manages to be a fun rock'n'roll experience. I only wish they had more than five songs on this CD. I was enjoying this release so much, I really didn't want it to end. I particularity liked the two guitar Judas Priest style HOH uses to perfection. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this metal act from New York and I fully expect to see them out on the road on Ozzfest or the something close soon.

Warning Shot: Michael Kaabe - drums; James Annucci - vocals; Michael Ladarola - rhythm guitar; Steve Lagudi - bass; Bryan G. - lead guitar.

Go to www.holdonhumanity.com to check this band out and get a taste of their musical style.  

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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