SYNDICATE
Posted by: Dave on October 3, 2005 at 5:02 pm

Sound: Precise riffs and mathematical rhythms meet aggressive but tuneful vocals that slice and strain into the upper registers. This is sincere and straightforward rock that shares elements with the majority of the best and most respected bands of the last 15 years.
Playlist Partners: The climactic swells, group participation choruses and earnest intensity can be reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estateicon, Spartaicon and At the Drive Inicon with some of the Foo Fightersicon poppier tendencies streamlining and softening the blow. They also explore the sludgy crunch of Quicksandicon and the progressive Metal tendencies of Tool and Coheed and Cambriaicon.
Notes: Criteria frontman Stephen Pedersen was an original member of fellow Omaha, Nebraska band Cursiveicon, until he left in 1998. Since then, he got a law degree at Duke University, formed the band White Octaveicon, practiced law and has just now released his second Criteria album (but first for Saddle Creek).
Heavy Rotation tracks:Prevent the Worldicon“; “Self Helpicon“; “Good Luckicon
Medium Rotation tracks:Grey Mattericon“; “Run Togethericon“; “Draped In the
Blood
icon“; “Kiss the Wakeicon
Recommended: To anyone looking for a tough and inspired rock album. The only real drawback is that some of the songs feel abruptly short. They have such a great sound and build up that you wish more of the ideas would stretch beyond the 3:30 mark.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2005 Candidate)

(As posted 10/3/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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