"Change the Game" (Basement Apes/Radar Swarm; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Spinning Heads is a French post-hardcore band that I've never heard of. At least knowing that the band was on the Basement Apes label via Radar Swarm was a good indication that it would be quality metal at the very least.

Spinning Heads are pretty much instantly likeable if you're into the kind of music that really been at the forefront of the extreme scene lately. Just to get it out in the open, Spinning Heads seem to have merged the modern heaviness and other-worldly efforts by The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge with the early '90s sound of Handsome and Quicksand.

"Change The Game" is the band's debut full-length CD and I am impressed by what I hear. Spinning Heads pack a lot of dynamics into 28 minutes of music over ten tracks. The band's standard line-up of vocals, two guitars, bass, and drums packs a lot of punch in relatively short order. The tracks standout from each other with inventive guitar lines mixed in with caterwauling noise injected at neat points. The vocals are fairly standard hardcore shouts and screams with an emphasis on following the music's lead for the sake of keeping this compact and heavy.

I also hear a lot of potential for the band to exceed what they've achieved here. Spinning Heads are fully capable of maintaining their aggressive sound while still finding a way to cater their music to an audience that is growing by the day.

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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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