"Freakshow" (Code 7 UK; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Freakshow's self-titled album is rock'n'roll in the vein of Korn, Mudvayne, etc. You know, that hard rock/heavy metal that's a little twisted, a little (gasp!) alternative. I'm not the biggest fan of that kind of rock. I like my music a little more straight forward and clean.

That being said, I really enjoyed Freakshow's self-titled album. Yeah, a lot of it's got that heavy warped sound with weird bass notes and guitar riffs but it's also loaded with a ton of inventive riffs and complicated rhythms that held my attention throughout. Plus an impressive production value that enhances those sounds.

My favorite tracks were (as usual) the heavier ones (although that term is definitely relative here). "Built 4 This Shit" has an absolutely destructive drive juxtaposed with relatively gentle vocals verses. "Just BC" is a twisted ditty with psychotic vocals, overdubs and a pounding drive. "Waste" is a more straight-forward rocker that does a great job of combining music and voice.

There are a couple of tracks here that don’t seem necessary. "Preludio" is an acoustic intro to the final track that seems out of place and "Vanessa" is just plain weird; an instrumental track that is slow and strange and haunting and, again, serves as more of an intro to the next track, "The Situation."

Fans of alternative metal like Korn, Mudvayne will find plenty to their liking on Freakshow’s self-titled album as will those looking for rock’n’roll that’s just a little different.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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