"Set It Off" (Farm Club; 2000)

Reviewed by Kate Smith

When I first heard about this band I was semi-reluctant to do a review of their CD, "Set It Off." Let's face it, we've all had a good  dose of the rap/metal scene with bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Kid Rock. So what sets Shuvel apart from the others?

For one, their lyrics. They say what they feel and don't apologize but at the same time you can tell there is heart and meaning behind their words. Although some may deem it as controversial, the title track deals with the Columbine High school shootings. Feeling very strongly about the tragedy,  Shuvel wanted to explain what kids growing up in this generation are going through. This track also sets the tone for the whole album, making every track equally as intense as the other.

Second, their music. These guys have talent. Not to say that all rap/metal bands don't, but with Shuvel it sounds like they know more than two chords and not every guitar riff sounds the same on each track.

With only their first album out, Shuvel has managed to jump on the Ozzfest tour playing with bands such as Kittie, Sevendust and Methods of Mayhem. This album is worth adding to your collection. So go grab a copy now!

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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