THULIUM

"69" (AKA Music; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It's really difficult to tell a lot about a band based on a 3-track EP, and Thulium's "69" is no exception.

The CD begins with "Running," an alternative-tinged tune that, although well-played and featuring intelligent lyrics, doesn't offer much of anything new. Again, it's not a bad track, it's just not a particularly interesting track.

Track 2 is "Craving," easily the best of the three tracks on the CD, and plays like a harder alternative tune with some metal backbone.

Track 3, "90 Days of Sorrow," is a slower, piano-based ballad that actually has more depth and emotion than the usual power ballads you hear on FM radio.

So what do the sum of these three tracks tell us? Well, not much, unfortunately. There's just not enough material here to consider whether or not Thulium has what it takes to put together a successful full-length album. What it does tell us is that the band certainly has the potential. It'll be up to their ever-growing legion of fans and especially the band themselves to see where they take the next step.

Thulium: Boubou - vocals, rhythm guitar; Chris - Bass and backing vocals; Rob - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.akamusic.com/thulium or http://www.myspace.com/thulium69.

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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