"Suicide" EP (Self-released; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I haven't heard an EP quite like My Private Hell's "Suicide" in a long time. It's the kind of CD that demonstrates that a band is ready to move on to the next big step. The songwriting is there, the musicianship is there, the energy is there. This EP says that My Private Hell is a band not only with something to say but the balls and talent to say it ... and to say it the way they want to say it. "Suicide" reminded me of the high energy early CDs of local bands I loved like Slam Alice, Helarage and Intentional Rage.

The five tracks on "Suicide" are heavy, strong rockers with a slight alternative twist. Sometimes, they reminded me a little of Danzig. As I mentioned above, they are performed with high energy and promising talent. The only downside is the EP's rough production. "Suicide" sounds like a demo which, in a sense, I guess it is. But the production values here detract a little from the overall effect. I'm certain these tracks would sound much fuller and richer with high production qualities.

Still, "Suicide" succeeds completely on one level: It serves as notice that a talented band is at work here and it makes you want to hear more from them in the near future.

My Private Hell: Gian Erguiza - guitar, vocals; Blue Palacol - bass; Eric Cuarez - 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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