"Holfiller" (Holfiller; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Holfiller's self-titled CD is a collection of modern rock tracks that are heavy with style and edge. The band combines nu-metal, alternative, punk and even some new wave (gasp!) to create a unique sound all their own. They get major points for originality and daring here. Unfortunately, that's also part of the problem.

Trying to pigeonhole the music on "Holfiller" is an impossible task. The music varies too much from track to track to give it a single identifier. That's both a good and a bad thing. It's a good thing because, once you hear the band's music, you'll realize you've probably never heard anything like it before. It's a bad thing because the band explores and combines so many genres of rock'n'roll that it's easy to get lost along the way. I can't think of another recent CD that went from sounding like Disturbed to Pearl Jam to Duran Duran and then some in the span of a single CD.

There is no doubt that the band is talented and "Holfiller" is a compelling, if somewhat disjointed, listening experience. Those looking for a different kind of listening experience need look no further than Holfiller.

Holfiller: Josh Baker; Charlie Sundance; Jason Pilalas; Tom Rentfro; Rob Murphy.

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

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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