MetalBite Review by Allan on 2/13/2005
The trouble with writing and producing music today is that itís difficult to avoid throwing something out into the world that isnít necessary. How many albums get dumped on us a year? A ton. How many of them should be kept around? Certainly not all of them. The Netherlandsí 37 Stabwoundz
is yet another band that borders on the edge of importance in todayís music scene. Their debut, Embrace Solitude
, while technically and musically sound, isnít quite able to support itself due to the nature of the music.
What we get from 37 Stabwoundz is thick, crushing riffs with a nice, meaty production and full sound, good songwriting that brings the ideas together and avoids tediumÖ thatís about it. Itís good, it really is. Those are all strong qualities needed in a band. But what if the music itself doesnít hold enough creativity and ingenuity to warrant repeated listens? Or if the music, though not plagued by any inherent errors, doesnít bring anything new to the table and other bands before have done it better? Thatís the biggest issue with Embrace Solitude
You canít fault it for much else, really. Youíve just got to decide if you want to listen to 37 Stabwoundz or if you want to listen to a band like Pantera
(if either). There is a distinct hardcore influence in the guitar riffs, but this day in age, that hardly counts for much.
37 Stabwoundz have a constructed a fairly sturdy album in Embrace Solitude, albeit quite redundant as to what weíve seen before. The shelf life is high, as itís certainly not an album thatís going to warrant many repeated listens. It all comes down to if you have any more room in your life for the Pantera/Machine Head
style of metal. Iíd wager not.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10