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Threat Signal Under Reprisal

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Threat Signal - Under Reprisal
01. Rational Eyes
02. As I Destruct
03. One Last Breath
04. Seeing Red
05. A New Beginning
06. Counterbalance MP3
07. Inane
08. Now
09. Faceless
10. Haunting
11. When All is Said and Done
2006 Nuclear Blast Records

OUR SCORE
4
Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 8/18/2006

I really wasn't expecting too much from a band called Threat Signal, because this has to be one of the worst band names I've seen in a while. It's a good thing I wasn't expecting much, because as a discerning metal fan, there isn't much on Under Reprisal for me to get excited about.

This whole album just screams "please accept us into the metal scene, but we still want to be cheesy enough to make loads of money." Does this mean the boys in Threat Signal are bad musicians It doesn't at all. Every single aspect of Under Reprisal is played with a machinelike quality, and no riff (however uninspired) sounds amateurish. I just got an unfortunate, familiar feeling from this album, as I can recall the latest Soilwork record, or any Fear Factory recording.

There is a good bit of Meshuggah influence throughout this record; not in the Chaosphere way, but more reminiscent of the None album. These songs shift gears a good bit, so one couldn't complain about dynamics, but you could complain about the meat of the songs. Sure, a Meshuggah influence can be cool, but when combined with a melodic (and ultra-hokey) Soilwork influence, it becomes another sing-song, flavor of the month sound. The melodic and clean singing choruses can get over the top at points, but the band never forgets to drop it back down into some big breakdowns, or thrashier, upbeat passages. Some of these upbeat moments remind me a bit of Pantera, but only in small doses. There are well-executed guitar solos, heavy riffs, and a good drum performance, so I won't fault these guys as being lackluster musicians. I'll just call this as I see it, and I see it as a (somewhat) more technical alternative to As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage.

The production is quite clear and mechanical sounding, so I suppose getting Christian Olde Wolbers (of Fear Factory) contributed heavily to Threat Signal's similarity to Wolber's band. While this production is heavy and crisp, it just sounds over-produced, just like a Fear Factory record.

Bottom Line: Mixing so many different elements of metal can be good, but Threat Signal hasn't presented their influences in a way that I can get excited about. I'm tired of all these metal bands (who show potential) that follow some weak-ass, sing-song formula just to make it big. Then again, if you like syncopated riffs, catchy choruses and tons of clean singing in your metal, ala Soilwork, then you'll absolutely love Under Reprisal.

Comments
blast-o-core_   posted 11/14/2009 3:44:22 PM

this band is f*cken garbage sound like a fear factory ripp off .... who would want to rip off them they suck too lol this is a prefect example of a mainstream band that fails . 1 good part in this whole cd other then that its just crap and the new cd they just came out with is even shittyer then this lol i give that one 2 / 10
Chaosweaver_   posted 9/22/2007 1:55:44 PM
Bad band-Bad album-Bad review. Comparing this band to Soilwork shows your complete lack of understanding of anything metal.
Jesse_   posted 1/13/2007 5:45:56 PM
4/10? - What a f*ckING joke! Don't be reviewing music you can't wrap your feeble mind around! THREAT SIGNAL (great band name, btw!) are one of the best things to come along in the last 5 years and a fresh breath of air in a sea of faceless hardcore, metalcore (please, no comparisons to shit bands like As L Lay Dying who couldn't write a decent song if their lives depended on it!) and bad Dillinger rip offs. 'Under Reprisal' unites the best of Pantera, Meshuggah, Soilwork and Fear Factory and
yourgay_   posted 8/29/2006 11:22:39 PM
why the f*ck do reviewers always review cd's that suck dck just so they can talk shit about them, how about you shut the f*ck up and review a good cd without all your moaning
Rob.K_   posted 8/28/2006 3:19:13 PM
This would of been a big album for themif it was released a few yrs back...Its been done before but ist done well..Kyle there guitarist is probalby one of the better young guitarist right now in metal...The kid can play with feeling..The drums onthis cd are programmed...Not a real drummer....

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