"Exit Silent Mode" (Self-produced; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Megaphone's "Exit Silent Mode" is impressive for a number of reasons, not the least which is its ability to blend the modern rock sound of today with the classic rock sound of the 80s. Yeah, I know. You've heard that claim before but, as I sit and listen to this CD for what must be the fifth time since receiving it, I am once again amazed at the band's ability to hover along a classic rock sound (a la bands like Starz and Kiss) and yet keep a foot solidly in the present as well. Imagine a band like Three Doors Down if it had existed in the glam era. "Exit Silent Mode" is something like that.

Loaded with hook-laden riffs, solid vocals and terrific songwriting, "Exit Silent Mode" is an entertaining listen from beginning to end. There are some songs that aren't quite as strong as others but that's true of virtually every CD.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a hard rock album that won't put you to sleep with its ballads but doesn't ever stray into extreme territory, "Exit Silent Mode" may be just what you need.

Megaphone: Matt Bloodwell - vocals, guitar; Paul Smith - guitar, vocals; James Woodrich - bass, vocals; Scott Smith - drums.

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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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