"What Doesn't Kill Us" (Renaissance; 2008)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from the United Kingdom, hard rockin’ Panic Cell plays a sturdy brand of hard rock/metal that is unpretentious. Uptempo rockers like “Stare Into Oblivion” recall thrash’s heyday with slow burners like “Soul Purge” create a spectrum of solid tunes that balance aggression and the ever elusive “feel.” The band’s glowing reputation in the live setting provides ample proof of their ability and their songs to connect with fans and those unfamiliar with the band alike.

Panic Cell seems to love the underdog status and believing in the underdog role gives the band a certain fuel to prove naysayers wrong. “What Doesn’t Kill Us” is solid hard rock/metal played with a flair for honoring the classic bands of the genre but with enough originality to escape “copycat” comparisons. However, if a comparison is needed, Panic Cell is similar to Five Finger Death Punch, Black Stone Cherry, and Fozzy.

“What Doesn’t Kill Us” was produced by Panic Cell.

Panic Cell is Luke Bell on vocals, Kelly Downes and Harj Virdee on guitars, Bobby Town on bass, and Rob Hicks on 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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