THE THESSALONIAN DOPE GODS

"High Idol Pulsation" (Sin Klub; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"High Idol Pulsation" is a mixed-up mess of a CD, containing songs that sound like Fred Durst writing songs for Marilyn Manson. It has the occasional stoner guitar vibe, but more of a nu-metal-ish attitude. That may not sound like a bad thing if you're a fan of Limp Bizkit or Marilyn Manson but, really, are there many fans who like both?

Still, the CD isn't a complete loss. Most of the tracks rock hard enough, albeit it in a weird, almost disjointed way and the band is obviously talented; the music is tight and the solos are fluid. In addition, the CD is well-produced and you've got to give credit to any CD that thanks Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh in the liner notes. It's just that "High Idol Pulsation" is pretty uneven throughout and the technology is laid on a little too thick.

Nonetheless, if you are a fan of both Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit, you might find a lot to like here.

Thessalonian Dope Gods: Randy Wilson; Edward Shimborske III. Guests include Steve Pound - guitar; Micah Shimborske - guitar/vocals; Grady Sain - drums; Keith Bergman - drums; Jennifer Lacki - background vocals; Matt "Schmid" Snyder - vocals; Jeremy Evers - bass; Chris Sobb - guitar; Chris Gallimore - guitar; Bob Bomlitz - drums/vocals.

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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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