"Static Reflux" (Self-released)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Madder is a Long Island-based quartet whose hard rock tendencies put the band in the same category as Black Label Society or Sevendust. On the group's four-track release, sweeping guitar riffs like the one found in "Lost" lead the charge, the bass and drums remain locked in a Soundgarden-esque groove while gravel-throated vocals, as found on "Temporary Insanity," hold it all down and give the music a gritty, rock'n'roll feel. 

Madder's delivery would remind you of the mid-90's rock of Monster Magnet or Kilgore, when the music was smart yet hard as nails and the musicianship was organic and devoid of excess. 

For more information, check out

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.

Back to CD Reviews Home

Back to Home

Copyright 2004 by R. Scott Bolton. All rights reserved.
Revised: 11 Sep 2022 13:59:46 -0400.