"Somewhere in Between" (Elektra; 2001)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

If you want some good hard rock, this is a great find. It's heavy and it has great vocals (there's no screaming necessary when you have a voice like Tim Narducci). 

Each song has something different so things never get boring with this Bay area band (executively produced by Lars Ulrich from Metallica). Better put the animals out; if soothing music calms the savage beast, then intense music makes 'em go crazy. The lyrics here are great and the songwriting is something is far better than I expected.

The guitars are intense and the drums will hard boil your brain. There's a ton of talent present here.

“Thick Skin” shows Tim’s real vocal range which is a little like Soundgarden but unique enough to be purely Systematic.

If you want something new and different, pick this up.

The best songs on the album are “Dopesick,” “Beginning of the End,” “Return to Zero,” “Mailbomb” and “Of a Lesser God.”

Systematic: Tim Narducci - vocals, guitar; Adam Ruppel, guitars; Nick St. Denis - bass; Shaun Bannon - drums.

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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