SINGLE BULLET THEORY - BEHIND EYES OF HATRED - CRASH
The new Single Bullet Theory album can either be termed diverse or inconsistent depending on one's point-of-view. The album's eleven songs veer from thrash metal to heavy metal with doomy moments to alternative and back and while some may consider this interesting and positive, others would disagree. For my money the band is best when it concentrates on thrashing the hell out of the listener. The song A View From Nowhere is a good instance of why this works for the American act. Simply put though that song is in a different genre from In Sequence or One Bullet and makes one wonder where this band will end up musically. The different styles do not sound forced however, and the band does an admirable job of sounding authentic and sincere in their styles. The vocals too present both a growl and a clean sound, which are occasionally accompanied by some exquisite high screams. SBT will probably win more critical praise than fans with its daring mixture of styles, but apart from that there is not much for which the band can potentially be criticized. Then again, there is the inclusion of yet another cover version which, we all know, the world did not need. - Ali "The Metallian"