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Pollock could create something very special, but it's time they put away the Tool records.

Buffalo, NY's Pollock suffer from a crisis of identity. They seem to be utterly convinced they are Tool. Of course they are not one of the finest progressive metal bands of all time, and try as he might Joshua Klein is no Maynard James Keenan.

'The Moonlight Show' is the first album since they went on an enforced hiatus in 2007 after frontman Joshua Klein called a stop after suffering "a severe injury". A couple of unremarkable EPs later and here we are.

What 'TMS' suffers from the most, especially at the beginning, is the reaching out to sound like someone else. It's obvious and a little uncomfortable to listen to. Pollock miss the intricacies and deftness of Tool's song-writing so some of it comes across as a bit pretentious and hollow.

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This is such a shame because it takes them a few tracks to settle in to their own sound but once they do, 'The Moonlight Show' is a good metal album on its own for the most part when it shakes off that nagging imitation. 'Saudade' finally sees them relax into their own pace and could have opened the album perfectly. It's a wildly heavy and dark statement featuring some charged guitars that are left to buzz during the verses and eastern percussion. '8mm' and 'Mr. Phoenix' are almost sinister in their racing guitars bouncing off Klein's sneered vocals.

Joshua Klein and Brian Platter work wonderfully well at times as guitarists working riffs against quiet textures then teaming up for a bout of heaviness. Take this team work into the next album and Pollock could create something very special. But it's time they put away the Tool records.

Dan Bond

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