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Nights Like These

The Faithless

(Victory; US: 13 Jun 2006; UK: 13 Jun 2006)

First of all, if you want your band to be remembered among the hordes of young American metal sound-alikes out there, you have to come up with a better name than Nights Like These. Band names like Mastodon, Converge, the Red Chord, even Between the Buried and Me have some pop to them. And if you’re going to follow the musical precedent set by the aforementioned bands, please try to put an original twist into the songs. Sure, we get some good sludge riffs (“Ghost Town Rituals”, “Symphony for the Plague”), progressive-minded grind (“Bury the Messenger”), and plenty of unironic fantasy lyrics (“Storming Valhalla”) courtesy lead screamer Billy Bottom (that’s right, Billy Bottom), but over the course of 29 insane minutes, there’s very little on The Faithless that grabs us, shakes us by our collars, and brashly declares, “We’re the future of American metal!” It’s almost as if the Memphis band is waiting for the new Mastodon album to see which direction they’re going to go in next.

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Adrien Begrand has been writing for PopMatters since 2002, and has been writing his monthly metal column Blood & Thunder since 2005. His writing has also appeared in Metal Edge, Sick Sounds, Metallian, graphic novelist Joel Orff's Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock 'n' Roll, Knoxville Voice, The Kerouac Quarterly, JackMagazine.com, StylusMagazine.com, and StaticMultimedia.com. A contributing writer for Decibel, Terrorizer, and Dominion magazines and senior writer for Hellbound, he resides, blogs, and does the Twitter thing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


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