The Militia Group
attempt at gritty rock (not punk, don't mix them up) ends up feeling
more like underproduced Aerosmith minus those dinosaurs' almost
unrecognizable grooves. This is as straight-on -- and as white --
as it gets. Not terribly surprising coming from a band that moved
from NYC to L.A., a career-turn that's a tad questionable (at least
from a credibility standpoint -- don't these guys know that everything
interesting is happening on the other side of the country these
Produced by Ben Moore
(Finch, Rocket From the Crypt), the overall sound is static-clipped,
direct and choppy. Songs like the pop-pop take-down "Pull Out
the Guts" and the title track are so Def Leppard they could
have been lifted from my worn copy of Hysteria. The problem,
of course, is that I haven't had an urge to listen to Hysteria
for 15 years. As a whole, the CD sounds exactly like something you've
heard before, but can't quite put a finger on. In the end, lack
of interesting hooks (the bread and butter of good Def Leppard)
makes it something of a blur.
Posted Sept. 23, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
is as straight-on -- and as white -- as it gets."