"Mourning Maxwell" (Self-released; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Mourning Maxwell's self-titled CD is five tracks that prove one thing quite solidly: This band is ready to be signed to a maverick record label like our friends over at Victory Records.

With a sound that's in the vein of such popular Victory bands as Silverstein and Taking Back Sunday, Mourning Maxwell's CD is actually more listenable than those bands due to a sharper songwriting craft and the uncanny ability to stay within the lines while still pushing the limits.

The production here is actually quite impressive for a self-released project. I won't be surprised if the band gets picked up by a label and they use these mixes for the major release.

Of course, this CD won't appeal to those who are looking for a more classic rock sound; however, those who enjoy the avant-garde bands that Victory and other labels like them are famous for bringing to the masses will find something to their liking here.

Mourning Maxwell: Derek Smith - voices and six strings; Alex Kling - six strings and voice; John Hoye - four strings; Kyle Rodgers - skins.

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"Mourning Maxwell" (Self-released; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Any punk is better than no punk. Actually, any punk is better than 90% of the music you here on today's music radio (except, of course, on Rough Edge Radio). 

Now comes Mourning Maxwell's self-titled CD. "Mourning Maxwell" has a light punk musical style that is fun and takes no effort to get into. I liked the music on this CD from start to finish. It's edgy punk with a no-nonsense, who-gives-a-shit attitude that I really like. 

My only drag on this CD is that there are only five songs. I'm ready for more already! 

I can identify with this Mourning Maxwell. The writing style has a unique quality that is hard to distinguish but is fun to explore.

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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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