"Odd Zero" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Odd Zero's self-titled CD is one of those albums you're not sure how to describe. It's full of peppy, not quite alternative/not quite punk type songs with a vocalist who's very raw, but not overly gruff. His voice alone gives the music here a punker edge and lends it more of a standard punk rock sound that the pop punk sound of, say, Blink 152, but it's not quite the rusty straight razor punk of the Sex Pistols either.

According to their MySpace page, the members of the band claim to be influenced by such artists as the Ramones, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Van Halen, Sex Pistols, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Guns íNí Roses and more and you can certainly find those influences here but "Odd Zero" is a CD with a groove of its own. An interesting and entertaining CD that may take a couple of spins to grow on you, but grow on you it will.

Odd Zero: Mike Friedman - vocals; Tay Malloy - bass; Milton Hernandez - drums; Mike Fujii - guitars.

For more information, check out http://www.oddzero.net or http://www.myspace.com/oddzerony.

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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