Sonic Bliss

Stone Cliff Enterprises, 2005

REVIEW BY: Jeff Clutterbuck


Today, the modern music scene is littered with copycat artists. The 90's were all about finding a sound and playing it to death. N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera -- they all defined that pop sound that swept across the land. In terms of rock, you had bands that played off the style of Nirvana or Pearl Jam.

Now don't get me wrong, this phenomenon is only natural, and has been going on for quite some time. The problem is, when a sound gets played to death, interest begins to wane.

I've never a big fan of Creed or Nickelback. They were just more mainstreamed Pearl Jam ripoffs, along with so many other bands out there. Much to my dismay upon listening to my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Metamorphosis, I heard more of the same. You line up these songs from Sonic Bliss with others from the band I've just mentioned and God knows I'd be hard pressed to tell a difference.

Everything on Metamorphosis screams cliché, from the Eddie Vedder-influenced vocals, to the banal guitar riffs that get churned out to the incredibly lame lyrics. This is the first time in a long while that an album has struck me as being completely uninspired. From the opening notes of "Human Race," I knew this was going to be rough. One can sum up the album with just that song, there's no need to go through the rest of it. Even better is the single half-assed attempt at a ballad, which sounds so out of place given the rest of the disc. "After All" comes off as a freakin' Journey cover.

So much goes wrong on the disc it's tough to pick just a few moments. There's the two six-minute snooze fests of "Weep Of A Madman" and "Free Of The Noose," which reaffirm that fact longer songs do not equal good songs. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the guitar effects on "Weep Of A Madman" are cool, but it's nowhere near enough to save the song. "Free Of The Noose" starts off as another wimpy ballad but degenerates into standard alternative fare.

In terms of performance, I cannot really fault the band. They aren't bad musicians; they just don't make good music. There's a big difference. There are no ear-bleeding moments to be found, or cringe-worthy solos. It's all carried off professionally and without any feeling whatsoever. How can I say that? None of these songs moved me, or sound that drastically different from the others. I've read reviews say that you can hear AC/DC in the band's sound, and to that I say AC/DC should be offended. The closest Sonic Bliss gets to AC/DC is "All Night Long," but whereas AC/DC would have fully embraced their cock-rock style, Sonic Bliss come off as posers.

Metamorphosis may be many things, but it most certainly does not take after the band's title. Sonic Bliss? Whatever you say, boys…

Rating: D

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