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“The Drawn And Quartered EP” by Fair To Midland

Artist: Fair To Midland
Title: “The Drawn And Quartered EP”
Label: Serjical Strike Records
Release Date: 11/7/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

One would think that a band shows promise when someone like Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) takes an immediate interest to the way that you are doing things. Such was the case for Fair To Midland who employ a wide diversity and genre scoping of styles as they deliver some truly tasty Hard Rock. While their full-length album is due on Tankian’s label in March 2007, this EP allows you a little teaser enjoyment while you are waiting. Four songs are often more than enough to pique ones interest and prompt additional research into a band and what better way to reinforce this than with demos and live recordings. FTM give you two of their original demos, which are now in a cleaner and sleek production as well as a couple of performances that really do a good job of capturing the vibe of the group in a concert setting. “A Seafarer’s Knot” is a particularly adventurous song that shows the band holds many influences from some of the technical masters of the past.
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“Mezmerize” by System Of A Down

Artist: System Of A Down
Title: “Mezmerize”
Label: American Records
Release Date: 5/17/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

The newest release by System Of A Down is quite impressive. You might be asking how much so well for starters I was never more than a casual fan of this band. I found some stuff just OK to me, never appealed or really enjoyed the earlier releases. However once I placed “Mezmerize” in the CD player I was floored by the production and delivery of the piece. As a matter of fact I am on listen three and am clearly heading for listen four. Overall this piece is explosive Metal and is also a lot of fun to listen to. The piece begins with a slow harmony laden “Soldier Side”, and once “B.Y.O.B.” kicks in your head will be banging. There are a lot of expletives in the CD, and while I am not a fan of censoring music or Artists I do think younger listeners should run this one by their folks first.
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