I.R.A.T.E.


"Infinite Rebellion Against the Establishment" (Self-produced demo; 2002)

Reviewed by Richard Fenkel

Every time I turn on the radio new music disseminates from my speakers. During regular rotation, certain stations showcase new songs. Some of the new groups are talented and some have no business being on the radio at all. In plain English; some suck, enough said!

Recently I listened to a 3 song, self-produced demo CD from the Los Angeles-based group I.R.A.T.E. The name stands for "Infinite Rebellion Against the Establishment." Besides the cool name, this demo kicks major ass. These guys have created one awesome demo, the first track of which, entitled "d-low," appears on their full-length album.

Rob Agnello, who has worked with Korn and Soulfly, produced the full-length CD. Judging from "d-low," music fans are in for some high energy talented music. 

To start with, the vocals on all tracks sound awesome. The singers' vocal style blends well throughout each track. In fact, the vocals are loud and the lyrics are fast. All three songs have an edge to them. Tight lyrics accompanied by a strong guitar sound are present throughout each track. "d-low" especially is catchy and well-written. 

From the crunchy guitar sounds to the heavy double bass, I.R.A.T.E.'s "d-low" kicks ass. It captures the current new music style of today. When I listened to all three tracks, I had trouble classifying the group. The music is unique. But if I had to compare them to other talented groups, I'd say a small touch of Korn and System of a Down come to mind.

Bottom line - the music of I.R.A.T.E. rocks. 

I.R.A.T.E.: Erik Ulrich, vocals; Edgar Gonzalez - guitars; Sean Hutto - Drums; Chris Lafferman - bass.

For more information, check out http://www.irate4life.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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