"IV" (Goomba Music; 2011)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I have been listening to Single Bullet Theory's "IV" for the last week. I go to bed listening to it and I wake up and pop in my ear buds in to jam to it all over again.

From the very beginning you know you are in the presence of something special. The CD is full of clever songs and killer riffs that puts "IV" in my Top Ten for 2011. This shit is outstanding in every aspect: musical presentation, great lyrics and lyrics that are easy on the ears.

"IV" is real rock'n'roll music; sometimes growling, sometimes screaming 80ís hair band type vocals and they blend all that into one impressive musical experience. Each song is different, each a finely crafted metal ditty.

Words don't do this recording justice. My recommendation is to simply go get a copy now. You will not be disappointed.

I would rate "IV" higher than four guitarsaws if I could, but Rough Edge is run by a raging tyrant who wont let me so I'll have to settle for four.

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"Route 666" (Crash Music; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

As if you couldn't tell from this album's title, Single Bullet Theory is a metal band that plays it just a tad more evil than usual. This Philadelphia-based quartet have got a lot of touring under its belt, and the tightness of the ten tracks herein display this cohesion. The grinding breakdowns and searing choruses showcase a band built like a machine, churning out heavy, aggressive metal. 

Flawless production by a man who knows a thing or two about metal helps and when Death's James Murphy is twiddling the knobs, you know you're in for a hellacious ride. Add in a drummer whose double bass antics don't quit, thunderous bass and jolting guitars, and a vocal style that effortlessly goes from falsetto shrill to death metal scream without skipping a beat, and you've got a potent metal band on your hands. 

Single Bullet Theory is rising from the metal underground and is ready to crush all in its path, so be prepared for the onslaught. 

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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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