"Is This Room Getting Smaller?" (Maverick)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Onesidezero's music is somewhat reminiscent of the modern styles of Creed and their spawn. Somewhat reminiscent. The band also has enough of their own identity so that their unique sound is apparent as well. In addition, they craftily weave many various music styles throughout, giving the overall product a fuller, richer feel.

With a one-of-a-kind guitar sound (that's a nearly indescribable blend of Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age and U2), Onesidezero have what it takes to hook the listener almost instantly. The first track, "Instead Laugh," does just that. It's not very quick-paced, it isn't laden with a heavy bass or a throbbing rhythm, it just plain rocks in its own unique way. 

I've used that word twice now to describe Onesidezero's sound because it fits so well. This is one band that - when you hear their music on the radio - you can identify them immediately.

Not everyone will like Onesidezero. The songs sometimes tend to blur together because they are often alike in the pace department. Also, that trademark guitar sound also tends to erase the lines where one song starts and another starts. The good songs still sound out, however, and they're worth waiting for.

Onesidezero: Jason Redford - vocals/guitars; Rob Basile - drums; Cristian Hernandez - bass; Levon Sultanian - guitars; Brett Kane - guitars.

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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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