"Chapter: End" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Everything has pros and cons and varying of degrees of both; I guess you can call the in-between the "grey area." This concept came to mind as I listened to "Chapter: End" by Picket Line. I found that, regardless of how much I really like a band's music, I can dislike the vocals just as much.

When "Chapter: End" rocks, it has an undeniable energy. Everything flows together to make a viable, rage filled sound. However, when the music slows, the entire CD seems to bog down. The vocals start to sound like spongerock and the music seems to follow. 

Don't get me wrong - I like a lot of what I hear on "Chapter: End." More often than not, the music is good and the vocals rock hard. Too often, though, it loses much of its punch. The Jekyll and Hyde effect is ever apparent on this CD. I like it when it moves, but when it slows, it borders on just plain dull.

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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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