BULLISTIC
"Chronicles of Love and Hate"

(Backstreet)

01. Now and Forever
02. Discarded Soul
03. Made of Stone
04. Eulogy
05. Doomsday's Coming
06. Brand New Existence
07. Stuck In the Middle
08. Ignorance and Innocence
09. Tired of You
10. The Darker Side of Me
11. Good Luck With That
12. Ignorance and Innocence (extended version)

RATING: 3/10

Another 'not ready for prime time' local band given a leg up to the national stage, when their music, production, packaging, and overall presentation is better suited to the bush leagues. BULLISTIC are one of those GODSMACK-derived, blue-collar, battle-of-the-bands-winning groups that populate every town in the USA with more than 200 people in it. I'm sure they're nice, hard-working fellas, the kind of guys you wanna go have a beer or three with – the trouble is, I can throw a rock and hit ten bands in my hometown alone that do this exact same sound, and do it better.

The singer pulls that Sully Erna/Scott Stapp overwrought croon, which immediately dates the band, and he uses it to sing a notebook full of corny, clichéd lyrics. The band relies on played-out rhythms and riffs, produced on a skimpy enough budget to gut any heaviness that might have ensued. There are a few glimmers of hope — "Doomsday's Coming" rocks okay, and there are a couple guitar parts here and there that aren't hopeless — but really, there's just nothing here worth getting excited over. You just have to bring more to the table than this if you want anyone besides your girlfriends and co-workers to give a shit.

BULLISTIC do themselves no favors with a bar-band rendition of STEALER'S WHEEL chestnut "Stuck In the Middle With You". They also consign themselves forever to grade-Z status with their blatantly unoriginal efforts and plain-jane production. They're chasing a bandwagon that went off the rails five years ago, and unless they can add a bit of their own personality to their music, they'll be back to those hometown dollar-draft-night gigs before you can say "dropped."

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