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The Nominovore
Sling Slang Records
www.thebandi.com


This album could fit well into the playlists of any modern-rock station, but that shouldn't be read with the usual sort of contemptuous disgust I hold for the genre. I draws from the things a lot of the modern rock bands did well, and puts its own spin on it. So, just because they occasionally sound like Stabbing Westward doesn't necessarily mean they suck like them. By the time tracks 13 and 14 roll around, The Nominovore is sounding significantly far removed from Guano Apes, et al. "Marjaba" and "The Nominovore" are listed as separate songs, but unless you were watching the track counter flip, you'd never know it. Cleary inspired by middle-eastern music (with the faintest hint of 311), this is the pithy, trippy apex of the album. The last track, an ethereal chant, is a tranquil and beautiful coda which makes me wonder: why all the poppy nonsense preceding this? Sure, it was well executed but why dilute your counter-culture message with mass-market packaging? Are they creating a musical Trojan Horse?

-JD

Track Listing:

1. Underwater Aquatic Environment
2. Ubahvision
3. 21st Century Stigmata
4. Chembe
5. Bring Hell
6. Like Hate
7. The Happening
8. Locomo
9. Woe
10. Thenuic
11. Jabbywalk
12. We
13. Marjaba
14. The Nominovore
15. Pro World Peace African Love Song
16. T.W.O.T.C.O.G


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