"No Script to Follow" (Self-produced; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and self-described as “metal, punk, and experimental” it is safe to say that Stuck Underwater has a unique approach to aggressive music.

Stuck Underwater come across as a mix of Skinlab-type aggression mixed in with speedy percussion that approaches grindcore’s tenacity and an experimental style that is more Dog Fashion Disco methodology than Mike Patton diversity. The vocals range from clean singing to throaty, low-pitched guttural. The music is diverse as you might tell from the previous paragraph without being too spread out (it’s not like Mr. Bungle).

“No Script to Follow” is an interesting album made by musicians seeking fresh ground to tread rather than old styles to update. That, in and of itself, makes the album a worthy listen. Independent underground acts like Stuck Underwater are the result of a fertile breeding ground where art sometimes supersedes the desire for fame and fortune.

“No Script to Follow” was produced by Christopher Wolff with assistance from Stuck Underwater.

Stuck Underwater is Chris Shern on lead vocals, trumpet, percussion; John A. Beavers on guitar, backing vocals, and percussion; Christ Teter on bass, backing vocals, and percussion; and Chuck Tokarski on drums, backing vocals, and percussion.

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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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