Share TWO FIFTY NINE - The Brokendolls (Nicotine Records/Tornado Ride)
There must be a reviewer in the I-94 Bar who's into high-energy bands that borrow the tightly-wound solos of The Hellacopters and marry them to death metal vocals, but that person would not be me. These bands are good at what they do but aren't often interesting and their songs mostly go nowhere. Italian band The Brokendolls probably aren't as guilty on both counts as some of the bands in this category, but sometimes it's a near run thing.

Essentially, you get what appears in the above paragraph. If that's not to your taste you can probably stop reading now. This is music that's loud, fast and slightly scientific (provided your thesis was on the favourite riffs of Nicke Anderssen.) Singer Ros The Boss (now there's an original moniker) has a vocal that's this side of excoriating. He can sing but sometimes he sounds like he enjoys growling more. Guitarists D.O.T. and Nino indulge in riffing that's as tight as a fish's arse. The engine room has the same finely-honed quality. The band's so enamoured of the 'Copters that they went to Sweden to record this.

They did a good job, sonically speaking, although it would have been nice to hear more leakage and less compression on the bottom end. Songs range from the taught and terrific ("Revenge Of The Lord Taumus") to the infectiously silly ("I Am Stupid") and the turgid ("Monday In the Jacks") - and here's where they run into shallow water. The Brokendolls often don't demand a lot of their songwriting.

This isn't a terrible album, it's just not interesting enough for me to play it much. Of course if you're really into the Backyard Babies and the Copters (before they started exploring different tributaries of rock and roll) you'll probably like it a lot. Just don't say you didn't know what you were getting yourself into. - The Barman


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