New band Spineshank are proteges of one Mr Dino Cazares (Fear Factory). They play a style that melds most of the popular, current heavy styles into one convenient package.Their sound reminds me a lot of Sepultura in terms of phrasing and also their general guitar/bass sound. The way they enter their choruses also reminds me of the Seps boys.
From track one until track 14, this band show as much diversity as a band who have had much more time to grow and mature as artists much older. Yet, these guys look no older than me (about 21), not to mention the live reviews these fellows have been receiving with have been very positive to say the least. If recommendations mean anything to you, then one from Feature Factory and Coal Chamber much have some credibility! Dino from FF and Dez from Coal Chamber both lay claim to supporting these lads and when you listen to this disc, you see why. Roadrunner would be proud of this signing.
Overall, the sound is modern and phat, thick and pounding. There are attempts at industrial crossover in terms of a few rhythm loops here and there, but it isn’t really convincing. I’d be surprised if they used them live – let’s say that. All you hard music fans out there have probably heard of this by now, but if you haven’t heard Strictly Diesel yet, get your arse down to your local and get it before you miss out. It’s hot stuff.
(NOTE: These reviews were originally published in 27twelve: a ‘zine originating in Newcastle Australia in the late 1990s. They’re being published onto the internet now more as a matter of record and whimsical self interest than for any other reason and should be considered as such. Check out the ’1990s’ category of the blog in the coming months for many more 1990s CD and live reviews.)