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"Demo" (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

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MNQNN (pronounced "mannequin") was formed in the spring of 2001 by childhood friends that attended the same religious school. However, this Delanco, NJ group are not some cheesy Christian band. In fact, their suppressed upbringing only added fuel to the fire and made them more apt to break the collar of church dogma. MNQNN assaults the senses with their brand of heavy electronic rock. This two song demo does combine elements of rock, metal, industrial and even hints of prog for a very tasty concoction. 

I especially liked Juliet's vocal forays. On "Wheredidyougo?" she shines with a strong metal-meets-punk attitude that begs for crowd control. She switches gears on "Strongisweak" utilizing a deeper sexy coax before breaking into her punk wail. She reminds me of "Heartbreaker"-era Pat Benatar before she gave into pop. 

Musically, MNQNN meld together distorted guitars, rumbling bass industrial styled drumming and flowing keyboards that are interspersed strategically for a sound that I like to call rave metal. In other words, you can dance and mosh to it at the same time. This was an excellent demo and I look forward to seeing how far they go.

MNQNN: Ziggy- Guitar, Mark- Bass and Keys, Juliet- Vocals, Dan- Keys, John- Drums

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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