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The record encompasses no hooks, catchy lyrics or striking rhythm sections.

The new album from Saliva, 'Rise Up', is like opening a fridge full of Pont I'Eveque. Their overstating riffs, heavily groove-laden songs with their pubertal lyrics would give 1980s Hair Metal band Nitro a run for their money.

The title track 'Rise Up' is a hybrid of Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. It lacks lustre and balls that inspires the listener to keep listening. 'She Can Sure Hide Crazy' shows their Post-Punk Pop roots, with a strong taste of Nickelback in the melody. Saliva have been going since 1996 and they have definitely stuck strong and been loyal to that era but times have moved on, now Saliva need to move on.

The record then turns to the cliché with 'Lost'. The whole composition of the song is generic and the lyrical themes come across as an adolescent trying to find "him or herself"; it has a very amateur feel. '1000 Eyes' starts off promising with a heavier edge, guitar that is down-tuned to a Doom like sound but this disappears and goes back to the basics – it could almost be a track for a budget teenage action-film.

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'Redneck Freakshow' refers to their Southern heritages but hasn't got that Southern swagger. Instead it is has all the necessities of a Pop song structure.

Then it just gets "better and better" [I just felt that heavy slab of sarcasm hit the floor outside – Ed] with 'Choke'; it is simply a copy of previous songs and in keeping with the focus on childish themes of rebellion. In the album, dynamics are not played around with to keep you interested; it all comprehends a similar tone, speed and texture.

The record encompasses no hooks, catchy lyrics or striking rhythm sections – leaving no engagement with its listener. The solos are lifeless too. On a more positive note it's only forty two minutes long.

Lara Kisel

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