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Punishment: Broken But Not DeadBroken But Not Dead (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I just got done watching my beloved Penguins come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the Flyers, so I guess itís only fitting to talk about another group from Philly who fall short of the mark. Punishment is your basic metal-tinged quasi-tough guy hardcore band. You know the drill: growled vocals, plenty of chugga chugga, some double bass kicks, etc. They donít really do anything to set them apart from a hundred other bands doing the same thing. Not that a band has to be groundbreaking or totally original to be good, but they at least need to be interesting or dynamic, and Punishment is neither.
The songs on ďBroken But Not DeadĒ just seem to run together, like one big song with a lot of breakdowns. Iíll often listen to CDs when Iím laying in bed at night so I can hear them without being distracted by other things, itís not abnormal for me to fall asleep every now and then, but this time I couldnít make it past the third track. I mustíve listen this a half dozen times, just trying to pick out some points of interest, but it never happened. Iím not saying I hate this CD, and I donít want to seem like Iím simply intent on bashing this band into oblivion, but this album did nothing for me
Back in the mid-nineties, in what I would call the heyday of tough guy hardcore, you could hear a ton of bands who sounded just like this. The problem is, itís not the mid-nineties anymore, and Punishment sound anything but fresh. Still, this band is relatively new and they should have plenty of time to expand upon their sound.
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