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Skare Tactic: Remember WhenRemember When (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Ok folks, letís get one thing straight, right from the start. For the love of all that is holy, donít misspell your band name. It isnít cool, it isnít cutting edge, and itís stupid. Save that for Linkin Park. Periodically in hardcore, bands pop up with this annoying trait, and I canít remember liking any of them. Skare Tactic play heavy hardcore with strong most metal influence and lyrics about getting stabbed in the back, etc. Yeah, you know where this is going.
Originality doesnít make a band, but a lack of originality can sometimes break a band. Luckily, even though these guys plagiarize a good bit of their sound from other bands, they mix it up just enough to avoid being cast aside completely. Still, being just ok is hardly any way to make a name for yourself. Most of songs on here are about friendships and people who changed for the worse. However, theyíre all pretty much written about the same type of thing, and the lyrics arenít at all varied. I know that these things might be pressing issues to the band members, but changing things up a little never killed anyone. Thatís basically what it boils down to, Skare Tactic isnít bad, but they donít bring anything extremely interesting to the table. Because of this, this album doesnít have a whole lot of replay value.
If bands like Hatebreed, Terror, or their ilk are your thing, you would do well to check this band out, but if youíre looking for anything that is overly thought provoking, Iíd keep looking. Skare Tactic hasnít been around for very long, so itís entirely possible that they will eventually find their own sound. I donít mean for this sound as a complete write off of this band, because this album isnít terrible, itís just mediocre.
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