"Virus" (Stoneage Survivors Entertainment)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs


PSI (a.k.a. Pressure per Square Inch) is the newest of the metal acts stemming from the Washington DC area. Along with geographical ties to Nothingface, PSI also shared help with production from Drew Mazurek on their debut album "Virus" released through local DC label Stone Age Survivors Entertainment.

The resulting CD combines the pummeling drums signature on Nothingface's "Violence" with a primitive vocal and raw guitar offering found in the work of Sepultura that evolved into Calvera's genius of Soulfly.  "Virus" makes no apologies for coming across blunt-edged without the trend of favoring melodious incorporations into the metal force. The album transfers back before the ideas of the Deftones and rap/rock transformed a genre into "nu" metal cronies.

While "Virus" is a throwback to styles heard before - without little much pulling either way on the originality meter - the songs and sounds rock enough to merit at least a listen or two.

PSI is: Javier Reyes (V), Dave Lozano (D), Jim Goldrup (G), Tosin Abasi (G), and Brain Matise (B). 

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"Virus" (Stoneage Survivors Entertainment)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Pressure Per Square Inch, or PSI, is a band that is nothing if not intense. Their musical expression is powerful, straight-to-the-point heavy mental. The screaming vocals that permeate this recording are not a bad thing, however, with no lyrics printed on the CD liner, I could not tell what the hell they were saying (screaming).  

With all that bullshit aside, PSI rocks like thunder from the opening note to the final chord. The fierce tunes simply fly off this CD. PSI cooks! When this band gets their metal groove on, which is often, it is nigh impossible to resist.

PSI: Javier Reyes - vocals; Dave Lozano - drums; Jim Goldrup - guitar; Tosin Abasi - guitar; Brian Matise - bass.

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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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