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Margin Of Error: What You Are About To Witness

A concept album that takes you inside the thought process of a serial killer. No I am not revisiting the last Alice Cooper offering but delving into the world created by Cleveland based industrial/metalcore band Margin Of Error. While they may be able to give you the feel of what is going on in the mind of a lunatic at times, you will have to go back to the Alice Cooper disc to really get a dose of what it feels like to be inside the gray matter of the deranged. Margin of Error in their one dimensional way hints at a very good album with a novel approach but the lack of creativity throughout hampers your vision of what they are trying to bestow on you.

Sure the very mechanical/industrial metal sound gives you a Saw like feel but also like that series of movies they seem to run out of new ways to torture you with the music. There is a sameness to this disc that really gets to the point of wanting to shelve it before you get anywhere near the end. This would be a shame though as the best moments reside there. If there is a song that captures what they are trying to say it is the creepy "Innocent Victim" which assaults you just before the close of the disc.

The other detrimental feature to this band is the high pitched screaming of Travis Meyers which sounds like so many other hardcore wannabes. Originality goes out the window and you are left with a large dose of a mediocre screamer with a very limited range. For a few brief moments he will make you think that you are inside the brain of an insane person but in short order you will be begging to get out!

The idea behind this disc is cool. The execution is run of the mill and makes this one a snoozer for the most part. There is a sameness to most of the songs on here that I was bored with quickly and only had my attention brought back for the duration of the song mentioned above.

This might be your cup of tea but I would venture a bet that it is an album that would gather dust in the collection. There is nothing on here that makes me want to pull it out again. The band does show some potential musically though and I would be interested in hearing where they go from here. I would hope that it is in a direction that shows us something new instead of a rehash of a zillion other bands out there.

Track listing:

1. Time To Suffer
2. We Are The End
3. The Shape Of Hate
4. Your Life In Playback
5. The Struggle
6. What You Are About To Witness
7. Cut The Throat
8. The End Of Worth
9. Innocent Victim
10. Where I Reside

Added: June 22nd 2011
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Score:
Related Link: Band's Official Page
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Language: english

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Margin Of Error: What You Are About To Witness
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-06-22 08:12:39
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Margin Of Error are a band that prides itself on re-inventing itself.Once a Marilyn Manson, Industrial type band and now guised as a Grindcore, scream until it hurts outfit, Margin Of Error might have picked the wrong way of doing a make over. Often seen in the local scenes around the USA, changing your musical styles like you change your underwear doesn't often pan out well, not to mention leaving a ton of fans confused and angry.

Margin Of Error's latest CD is entitled, What You Are AboutTo Witness (Self Financed) and this 10 track effort leaves much to be desired. For a local band release, the production is not too shabby, but musically? Eh. From the CD opening of recorded female screams of terror, Margin Of Error try to take you on a ride inside the deranged mind of a killer. This concept record is overdone with senseless screaming and shouting over a Grindcore music bed that has been done to death, with breakdowns in almost every song.

To be fair the title track, "What You Are About To Witness" is pretty cool with its Static X like machine gun rhythm, "Your Life In Playback" also has its Metal, double kick drum moments, as does "Cut The Throat". This trio of songs is a taste of what these guys can do, but the problem is that you easily lose interest. The moshy breakdowns get on your nerves by the 3rd song and because you have heard all of this type of stuff done over and over before, there just isn't much to keep you listening.

The good moments on What You Are About To Witness just don't overshadow the overall boredom that Margin Of Error bring to the table. A few cool riffs aside, this just isn't a very good record. Their re-invention project is a fail to this reviewer, as I was just really bored from the caterwauling and the repetitive riffs. If you can imagine a really poor version of a Suicide Silence, with a re-tread of the same breakdown riff over and over and you're getting close. Just simply uninteresting.


» Reader Comments:

Margin Of Error: What You Are About To Witness
Posted by Ashley on 2011-09-01 18:00:45
My Score:

Just seen these guys play not too long ago and my godd, I have never seen any band try as hard as these guys. Their stage show is ridiculously awesome, and I picked up this record on itunes and it's solid. The singer is a monster on stage, tons of energy!. These guys are one of the few pleasent surprises in music. Looking forward to following them from here on out.

Margin Of Error: What You Are About To Witness
Posted by Doug on 2011-08-29 21:17:11
My Score:

I'm not sure people understand how well rounded and interesting this band really is from a concept point of view. i think you guys got these guys all wrong, as the record is definitely a standout. But the best thing about this band is that they keep you interested. Who knows whats coming next for these guys, but I doo know it will be VERY interesting.




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