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Vice Dolls
Die Trying
Crosscheck Records

The first thing that people notice about the Vice Dolls, and write about in reviews, is the fact that this band's lead singer is a girl. The next thing that people tend to do is express their opinion on whether or not a girl should be belting out hardcore punk rock. This being a review, who am I to break with tradition. Personally I don't care what the sex of the singer is, as long as it sounds good, why would I care? Traditionally I have a hard time listing to a girl trying to scream, yell, and sound like a guy, because usually all they accomplish is sounding like crap. It is like some clueless individual trying to make a Geo Metro a fast and cool car - that is just not what the car is about - it is a fuel efficient, economical vehicle - at which it does an arguably decent job. If you want a bitch'n Camaro, go buy a Camaro. Now I say traditionally, because I think that Carrie Nance's vocals work. The fact that she is not a YAAWM (yet another angry white male) is not distracting in any fashion. I usually forget about the whole issue and have a good time enjoying the album, as it should be.

Die Trying is decent, not straying very far from what you are used to hearing from this whole sub genre. Do not get it wrong, this album is far from stale or boring, but don't expect to experience a life changing epiphany when listening to this band. The songs, and the bands energy, definitely make you want to get up and bounce around and I would imagine the Vice Dolls would be a hell of a lot of fun to catch in a small venue while the crowd bounces off of each other. The Vice Dolls manage to hit the nail on the head when it comes to doing a great job of driving home the melodic rifts and aggressive vocals typically found on a decent hardcore album. I usually found myself looking forward to the next note. The more I listen to Die Trying the more I find I myself enjoying the album - oh, and the louder you play it the better it gets as well. This is, I believe, the first album that the band has put out with Crosscheck Records, and I hope to hear more from them. While the Vice Dolls are good now, I really think they still have a lot of potential left in them and I expect we will be hearing some very interesting things from them in the future.

-JD Sipes

Track Listing

1. Clenched Fists
2. Bigger They Are
3. Poor Me Stories
4. All Time Lost
5. American Dream
6. Perfect Town
7. Killing Words
8. Modern Guns
9. What It All Means
10. Self-Made Hell
11. What Could've Been
12. If Someone Was to Read My Words I Wonder What Would Strike Them First
13. Breakfast Club
14. Unveil the Truth. Burn the Lies

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