"50-50 Split" (Fivecore Records; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I love the CD cover. Now, if Jamie Thomas could land a heelflip with a guitar skateboard… 

This CD is different because it combines two bands on one record, referring to the CD title, “50-50 Split.” Frontside Five has the opening slot with eight songs and McRad finishes the disc with eleven tracks. McRad has an interview and some other stuff for their half, but it’s all good.

Frontside Five is punk, alternative and hardcore. You didn’t think I was going to list country western in there did you? Frontside Five pretty much destroys their instruments and screams out skateboard rants for their part. The guitar is pretty good and has some blistering solos. I was surprised.

McRad are punk, rock and hardcore. I couldn’t really get into their music primarily because it never gets started; there isn’t any rhythm or flow to a song. A riff might start but who knows where it goes. The vocals are weird -- the vocalist doesn’t really sing; instead, he talks and echoes his voice. One song, “Hesitation,” doesn't even sound like the same band as the other tracks. It should be their single.

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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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