Superholic (Metal Blade Records)
By: Jeb Branin
If all groove rich nu-metal could have the class and precision of this band I wouldn't hate it so much. Instead of drawing on 3rd generation rap for their solid throbbing backbeat, ENGINE use a far more classic rock 'n' roll foundation. It's not unlike the driving groove of KING'S X, really. Combine that with the urgently intense vocals and the infectious hook rich riffs and you've got an album that should be turning the melodic metal world on its ear. ENGINE is an underground supergroup of sorts featuring Joey Armored Saint and Ray Fates Warning, although this band has nothing in common with those two groups other than great song writing. This is one of the few albums I've heard that will have equal appeal for the pre and post KORN metal crowds. If there were any justice in the world this sucker would sell a million copies.
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