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Linea 77: Available for Propaganda

I read somewhere that this band's music is full of riotous choruses and a punky attitude, but I somehow can't place it. Whether Available for Propaganda is actually a statement I do not know, but from a musical standpoint it seems certainly lifeless and uninteresting. The band does come from a punk background in that their songs are mostly vocal driven with the classic punk guitars howling in the background and the one-dimensional drums pounding relentlessly. There is little to no catchy hooks (which punk is known for) or any interesting musical ideas realized. Or it could be just me because here is how their record company summarises their sound:

"Having dominated their domestic rock scene, playing one gig to over 1 million people in St. Peter's Square, Rome in the process, Linea 77 are now setting their sights further afield. Enlisting the help of Dave Dominguez (Papa Roach, Orgy, Adema, Guns N'Roses) to focus the future, this is still the sound of edgy Southern European rock filled with riotous choruses and a punky attitude. Employing their trademark dual vocal attack mixed with a deceptively dark edge, the band are ready now to expand into the mainstream everywhere."

With all due respect to the review above, I can't help but think if I am listening to the same record. The reviewer does have a point though. This is everything what mainstream music stands for. From the meant-to-be-catchy vocals on "Inno All'Odio" to the repeated power chords and dramatic singing of "Charon" to the "epic" drum and bass battery of "Sleepless", Linea 77 are exactly the band fans of nu-metal meets pop-punk have been waiting for.

I don't remember disliking a CD so much in recent history.

    Track Listing

  1. Fist
  2. I Thought Everything Was Alright
  3. Inno All'odio
  4. Charon
  5. Sleepless
  6. Evoluzione
  7. Lost in a Videogame
  8. Rotten Mouth & Broken Arms
  9. Squeal
  10. A.D.H.D.
  11. Therapia
  12. To Protect and Serve

Added: February 25th 2007
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
Related Link: Earache Records
Hits: 2204
Language: english

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