"Summer '06 Demo" (Self-produced; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Psychocybin's three track demo is a fascinating example of how to blend genres to come up with a unique sound.

The opening notes of "Machine," the CD's first track, might have you expecting a stoner sound but then the pace picks up and the band dives into various metal territories, most notably death metal, and your thoughts of a stoner sound go flying out the window. Track 2, "Mushroom Murders," starts right off with a rumbling roar that branches off into a number of varying paces and styles while "The Unnamed," the CD's last track, plays more like a classic metal track.

The CD is at its most interesting when the band employs a multiple vocal style, layering vocals on top of one another to give a fuller, more extreme sound. Smartly, they don't overuse this effect because it's the kind of thing that sounds cool occasionally but could quickly become overdone.

The demo sounds exactly like what it is: a demo. The production is a little rough, the recording a little sterile. Still, the band's potential shines through and isn't that the point of making a demo anyway?

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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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