"Stay Classy" (Ferret; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Hotness is a North Carolina quintet whose metalcore approach is decked out with gobs of Southern rock and an abundance of screamo, kind of like an unlikely combination of Every Time I Die and Three Doors Down.

On "Stay Classy," this act trudges through ten tracks of slightly sleazy hard rock, such as "Classy," while managing to sound like countless other mainstream punk bands on cuts like "The Ghost" and "Dearly Departed," only keeping their guitars a bit more twangy. 

While these guys can clearly provide moments of controlled chaos with a backwoods stomp, a la Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, there's barely enough of their own identity injected here to keep "Stay Classy" at the head of the class. 

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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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