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Good sounds needs some polish

From the Winter 2003 issue.

Short and Hard
Short and Hard
By The Vagiants

Sin Klub Entertainment: 2003

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Old school rock and roll is the only phrase that can be used to describe this band. The feel is one that is straight out of the '70s rock scene, which is good because not many bands can pull off gut-feeling rock and roll anymore.

The band starts out with some strong songs, but the formula begins to get a little stagnant about halfway through the disc – the lack of dynamics in the songs gets tiresome and songs begin to bleed together.

The only thing that will keep you listening is the voice of J-Rod Godriguez, who definitely delivers the standout performance on the album, but even these energy-charged vocals begin to lose their luster after several listens.

What is heard on this disc is a band that is very young sounding and needs a little bit more time to mature in terms of their songwriting and definitely in their playing – a little practice never hurt anyone. This is definitely a band with some serious potential and, with a little bit of production polishing, could go places.

Review by Gabriel Lopez. Gabriel is guitarist for Fractured Halo, and lives in Fallbrook, Calif.

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