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Metal and Punk fans might find something here to enjoy.

A relatively young band, Social Stain are a Finnish band calling on the likes of Therapy?, Guns 'N' Roses and Alice In Chains for their influences. At first, the likes of Fatal Smile jumped to mind; 'Breakout' has a growl of Metal about it that is the undercurrent to this furiously fun opener. Teemu Kokkonen's vocals are more about atmosphere and there's electronic sparks on the guitar. 'Red Star Rising' has a tight riff but from here it's progressively clear the album is lacking something.

'Joke's On You' keeps up the bite in the guitar but it lacks melody, and by the time 'Possessed' rolls around it is obvious the vocals are generally just weak. '(Ain't Got) Time To Bleed' has a Funky kind of style to it but the sound feels one-dimensional, either like its lacking a solid bass part or the writing just doesn't match the drive put into the music.

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'The Unknown' steps up the heavy, which would work, except it only exacerbates how thin the sound is sometimes, and not in a "knowing when not to play" way either. I hesitate to use the word "teenage", but there is definitely a touch of rushing headlong in the playing without any of it feeling like it comes together.

Metal and Punk fans might find something here to enjoy; there are some tracks that really lash out on the guitar and, when paired with crunchy, growling vocals, it can come together. Overall though, it just didn't sit right for me.

Sophie Brownlee

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