THE BRAIN WASHING MACHINE – Connections
The Italian quartet bearing the rather clever (?) name of The Brain Washing Machine released "Connections" just a few weeks ago, and stylistically speaking these guys lean toward a groovy and somewhat varied mix of modern rock and hard rock with a dose of grunge and stoner rock thrown in for good measure. Truth be told, the ten songs that make up "Connections" neither rock nor thrill me. They do not move me either. It is not that these guys are downright awful when it comes to handling their instruments and so on, but there is very little substance and depth to their compositions. Sure, some of the tunes sound big and loud, but nothing more than that. I guess that was a polite way of saying that songs such as "Restless Night", "Waiting the Blow", "Feel Inside", and the title track come across as empty, shallow, and emotionally bankrupt. Like I said, the music is quite groovy at times and one could argue that it is slightly similar to bands such as Queens of the Stone and those godawful fucks in Creed in places, but even if you are a fan of those bands there is very little for you to gain by listening to "Connections". Frankly speaking, I found this one to be a waste of time, but if you are a hardcore fan of the genre there might be some stuff on the disc that will appeal to you. Just count me out.