Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CHASING KARMA: "Cosmocracy"

Rating: 5/10

Label: Indie 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Do you recall Biloxi??? and no, I'm not refering to the dusty old town in America (come to think of it, there's one helluva lot of melodic acts/cities out there: next to Biloxi, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Kansas, Nantucket, etc.). The U.S. band Biloxi recorded a fine debut in 1993 (Let The Games Begin) and ended up worse with each following attempt before they decided to split up the other year. Chasing Karma is the new project of vocalist/guitarist Mark Allen Lanoue (Dean Fasano, Arcara) but more like a continuation of the latest Biloxi album really.

It rumbles along the highway like a trusty old tractor rather than a speedy racer and the three (!) lead guitarist make no difference whatsoever in the end. Mostly due to a rather dodgy production (very hollow and thin-like) and the difficulties of finding out who's what on the record. The songs are not all bad... but, perhaps they should spend less time on chasing karma and focus more on chasing a decent production and hooks... oh, man... I'm in trouble now... bad karma... bad kharma.


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