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"It's All Your Fault" (Fastlane Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Chunky, rough-edged guitars, pounding "we-mean-business" drums, vocals with just a hint of a snotty attitude, songs that are - the most part - full of pep and verve. Romeo's Dead are an interesting combination of the Ramones and Guns N'Roses, with the best of both of those bands blended together for a unique, punk/metal/glam sound that's almost instantly addictive.

Lyrically, Romeo's Dead may bring you down a bit. With song titles like "I Don't Wanna Hear Any Lovesongs Today," "X-girlfriends and Insomnia" and "We are the Hated," much of "It's All Your Fault" is angst-ridden. Still, the band's unique and undeniable drive and excellent song-writing ability make it hard not to want to mosh.

Played at full volume, "Romeo's Dead" sounds even better. I bet it works great live.

Romeo's Dead: Zane Smith; Jayson James; Forrest Maestretti; Aaron "Kid" Harvey.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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