"Drive By Monologue" (Victory; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I had trouble trying to pinpoint what The Hurt Process and "Drive By Monologue" was all about and - in my exploration of why that was, I found myself really liking the band and this CD.

At first, I thought the vocals were too wimpy and just like all the other sponge rock bands out there. However, after a few cuts, I discovered that the vocals ran the gamut from melodic to heavy and just about everything else in between. Yeah, I liked the heavier stuff better than the lighter stuff, but - for the most part - it was all good. The band's interesting mixture of heavy metal and punk rock style generates a very unique sound. 

"Drive By Monologue" is a very good recording. If it had been more consistent (read "heavier") all the way through, I would have enjoyed it even more. 

On another note, the artwork here is simple, stunning and provocative and that accounts for something. 

The Hurt Process: Darren Toms - Drums; Tom Diamond - Guitar; Alan Burent Smith - Guitar; Mark Andrews - Vocals; Dan Lawerence - Vocals; Duncan Mgilvary - Bass. 

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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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