"Mudcrawl" (Self-released; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Mudcrawl's self-titled, self-released CD is mostly mid-tempo rock'n'roll that sometimes brings to mind the sound of Godsmack with a hint of Disturbed. A couple of sensitive ballads balance out this six track EP.

There's not a bad track here but there's nothing that really stands out, either. Listening to the CD, you never once think about reaching out and punching the Stop button, but you never really find yourself turning the volume up, either. I'm not sure if the less energetic moments are the result of weak songwriting or low budget production, but  -- if I were to hazard a guess -- I'd say the right producer could punch up Mudcrawl's sound considerably. This is, after all, just a demo.

There's undeniable talent at work on this CD and, although this self-titled release doesn't immediately warrant many repeat listenings, I look forward to hearing more from Mudcrawl in the future.

The best tracks are "I Don't Remember" and "Like Yesterday" and it's probably no coincidence that these are the most dynamic tracks on the CD.

Mudcrawl: Jeff Ward - Lead Vocalist; Tim Riley - Lead Guitarist/Vocalist; James Dykes - Bass/Vocalist; Stephan Flores - Drummer.

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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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