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info opinion


"Intake" CD

Mental Records

Genres: metal, hard rock, industrial rock

Mental Records
327 South Fir St
Medford, OR

May 3 - 9 2004

Being in a band is a tough job, but this is magnified when the band plays really bad music.  Unfortunately, such is the case with Radioman, and I literally feel for all the musicians and producers associated with the creation of Intake.  The band has taken a bland, alt. metal approach with this album, though that isn't the biggest problem here.  The main issue is the fact that this is unoriginal, homogenous (don't tell me YOU can tell these songs apart), and embarrassingly boring.  Once you've heard "Suicide," an uninteresting carbon copy of Korn, Monster Magnet, Marilyn Manson, and the whole modern metal entourage, you've basically heard every tune on this disc.  The fact that three of these tunes exceed six minutes only accentuates the problem.

Radioman's next album will only be salvaged if the band can become more original, more varied, and more dedicated to writing songs that can be listened to more than once.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]