theSTART - Initiation (Cover Artwork)


theSTART: InitiationInitiation (2004)
Nitro Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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theSTART's story is a perfect example of the ‚??ol major label, "I told ya so" routine. The group signed to The Label (a subsidy of Geffen) earlier on in their calling. After haphazard times they found themselves on Nitro Records with a whole new attitude. "We used to work for a big corporation‚?¶but now, we work for you" vocalist Aimee Echo beckons.

The self proclaimed punk band takes the cherished ideals that built the scene and embellishes them with dynamic pop-rock. Their exclusive sound protrudes into incomparable territory nothing progresses their latest release into a heightened class of musicianship.

As Initiation begins its trip around the audio player, a blur of smoke also seeps through. Few bookmarks span the twelve-track full length, barely meriting any replays. There's a world of potential oozing from the opening "Like Days," packed with synth grasping an 80's throwback feel and post-hardcore guitars ripping; cementing a path for Echo to share the feminine side of her vocals or howl fiercely enough to dispense shivers. Signs of brilliance glint on the rugged "Peacocks" shedding the pop tactics for a gritty punk rock explosion. Hiding near the end "The Conversation" appears like something that would below out of the speakers at a dance club, continuingly exploiting the wide range of capabilities held by Echo's voice.

Talent shrieks from the jewel case harnessing the compact disc, yet the group hasn't quite figured out how to master that gift. A ball and chain holds the quartet down, once that link is shattered theSTART will possess a robust style that few acts will be able to hold their pride up against.


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Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

the album is great, punknews obviously didn't bother to listen thru once.

soulbleed (October 26, 2004)

Jesus kirby, you have THE worst taste in music ever. How the fuck does Zebrahead get a better score than this? Do you ever get sick of being so fucking retarded?

Anonymous (September 20, 2004)

This album is so fuckin original, so weird, And I dont even like chick singers.

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)


Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

"You're missing the the fact that THIS ALBUM sucks!"

Have you even heard it? If you have, is this even the kind of music you like? If it's not the kind of music you like in the first place, then is it really your place to comment?

I love this album. I think it's fantasic. I also love this kind of music and this album really stands out to me as very unique and well done.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

You're missing the the fact that THIS ALBUM sucks!

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

"way to miss the point moron"

Actually, you seem to keep backing my point up for me...fucknut.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

theSTART is theEND of good music from Nitro

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

way to miss the point moron

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

"and no i didn't miss it i just don't care"

Seems as if you do if you keep coming back here.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

i think the album is great. i don't get punknews.org problem with it. the world would be a better place with more records this good.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

in before some shitbag uses the "my mother died 5 years ago" line

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

seems as though you missed that lesson too you idiot...and no i didn't miss it i just don't care

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

"I HATE this badn. They blow soo HARD"

No...you're just upset that you can't get blown...

Besides, why bother commenting if you don't like them. Your mother must have died before she taught you that "if you don't have anything nice to say..."

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

I HATE this badn. They blow soo HARD

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

one of the most poorly written reviews ever...trying to sound like an intelligent, insightful writer when you are neither is almost a form of comedy...

PacRidgeMatt (August 28, 2004)

This score is for Aimee. i

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

the start is awesome. I dont care what anybody says. I've seen this band 5 times now and every single time they put on an incredible show. As far as this cd, its not my favorite by them but anything by the start is lightyears better then most other bands.

kirbypuckett (August 28, 2004)


Under the covers this is a good record, just when we both wake up in the morning I don't wanna look at her anymore. Maybe after a few beers though.

- Kirby

lostinthecrowd13 (August 28, 2004)

Nothing to comment about the band. A comment about Kirby's reviews. Whenever you write a review about a bad cd you always end it with a glimmer of hope for the band. Finding a hypothetical way that the band could improve. I have no interest in this cd.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

I love this album. I bought it on the day it was released and I wasn't sure what to think initially. I figured it would grow on me, so I listened to it again...and I was right.

It is like nothing I've ever heard before. It is very intreguing and haunting music a lot of the time...and can really shred the ears at other times. I found that one of the songs worked it's way into my sleep.

I don't think this is necessarily a punk record, but it does have some influence in there. Aimee is an incredible vocalist...and I think her and Jaime make a great song writing team.

If you wan't to hear something a bit different, I would recommend this record.

Fuzzy (August 27, 2004)

The EP was good.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

I think The Start rules. Why does everyone bag on everything on this site?

How fucking lame.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

... but... all of the reviews on punknews.org are pretty bad....

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

This comment is terrible.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

This review is terrible.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

This band are terrible.

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