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Mourning After
     

The Mourning After

by 40 Below Summer
 
New Jersey nu-metal quintet 40 Below Summer yields solid results by fusing aggression and allure on The Mourning After, its second long-player. The band had worked with veteran hard rock producer GGGarth Richardson for its 2001 debut, Invitation to the Dance, but -- in a curious move --

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New Jersey nu-metal quintet 40 Below Summer yields solid results by fusing aggression and allure on The Mourning After, its second long-player. The band had worked with veteran hard rock producer GGGarth Richardson for its 2001 debut, Invitation to the Dance, but -- in a curious move -- opted to align with Vertical Horizon overseer David Bendeth here. And while the band's forceful attack still won't land it in the pop survey, Bendeth's input does manage to give the band a foot up on other alternative metal acts in the run for airplay in the "active rock" format. "Self Medicate," the band's breakout hit, careens from brutality to affability, due largely in part to the amazing vocal range of Max Illidge, who turns from Drano-gargle utterances to soaring melodies on a dime. "Taxi Cab Confession" works this same dichotomy, also with likable consequences. Far more puzzling is "Breathless," which finds the outfit capably shifting into pop ballad mode à la Creed. That momentary lapse in direction is soon corrected, however, and as The Mourning After unfolds, tracks like the cathartic "F.E." and the spooky "A Season in Hell" right the wrongs for 40 Below Summer's ballooning headbanger clientele.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018289825
catalogNumber:
82898

Tracks

  1. Self Medicate
  2. Taxi Cab Confession
  3. Rain
  4. Breathless
  5. Better Life
  6. Monday Song
  7. F.E.
  8. Awakening
  9. Alienation
  10. A Season in Hell

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