"Creating a Monster" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Shift's "Creating a Monster" has a modern metal sound that doesn't fall back into nu-metal territory and yet delivers a fresh, contemporary sound. The band Shift most reminded me of during my first listen-through of "Creating a Monster" is Disturbed and, me being a huge fan of that band, that's a compliment.

Excellent songwriting backed with incredible musicianship (especially guitarists Rich Davis and Doug Guthrie) make "Creating a Monster" instantly addictive. Unlike too many bands today, Shift isn't afraid to pepper their music with great lead solos. Vocalist Jeff Caudle's strong, clear vocals carry the band's irresistible and unforgettable melodies perfectly while Steve Shaffer on bass and Chris Lembach on drums keep things tight and moving briskly forward.

Throughout, the CD mixes hints of industrial sound and elements of progressive metal to further enhance and individualize the band's sound. 

Fans of Disturbed, Prong, Soundgarden and other bands of that ilk will very much find "Creating a Monster" to their liking.

Shift: Jeff Caudle Vocals; Rich Davis Guitars; Doug Guthrie Guitars; Steve Shaffer Bass; Chris Lembach 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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