"Minuteman for the Moment" (Combat; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

This eclectic 12-track major label debut is bound to make some waves and turn some heads. Equipped with the same twisted perceptions and fearless devices of groundbreaking musical forces like Mr. Bungle, Primus, Strapping Young Lad, and Every Time I Die, this outfit's spastic presentations and throw-the-rulebook-out-the-window approach to its music provides a jarring yet enlightening listen.

Versatile enough to shift from gut wrenching screamo to STP-esque melodic passages without any warning or buildup, songs like "Lightning Bugs" and "Ultimate Complete Home Fitness Machine" are all over the map in attitude, emotional output, and musical genre bending.

Ambitious yet sturdy enough to stand up to its schizophrenic styles, "Minuteman for the Moment" encapsulates everything that's interesting in today's metal realm while radiating a unique energy that merges the bestial beauty of heavy music.

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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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