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"Non-Violent Offender" (Revo) 

Reviewed by Snidermann

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Sometimes, additional spins of a CD will have a very different effect than your first. That has never been more true with my experience with Spine's "Non-Violent Offender."

The first time through, there was nothing I liked about the CD. It seemed rough, callous and just unlistenable. To be honest, I thought about just trashing it after my first spin. That didn't seem fair, however, so I spun the disc again and again.

Amazingly, even after just the second listen, I found myself being drawn in the dark and disturbed world of Spine. After numerous spins, I have decided that "Non-Violent Offender" could very well be a heavy metal rock opera about life on the street. The band weaves a hypnotic trance upon the listener and the songs actually come alive and trap you in their twisted existence. What fun! It may take a little effort to understand Spine but, believe me, it's time well-spent.

Special notice to the basswork of Lady J, a fantastic musician who can really belt out the backing vocals. And she's cute as well! What a terrific package!

Spine: Johnny 3 Legs - vocals; Mike Speirs - drums; Mike Bossier - guitar; Lady J - bass.

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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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