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Metroschifter: EncapsulatedEncapsulated (2000)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: maverickScott
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Metroschifter is one of those bands that you always hear about, but never really hear. The thing is, even if you have heard them, they almost never look or sound the same way twice. A constant rotation of members with the only constant being singer/guitarist Scott Richter coupled with an ambition .
Metroschifter is one of those bands that you always hear about, but never really hear. The thing is, even if you have heard them, they almost never look or sound the same way twice. A constant rotation of members with the only constant being singer/guitarist Scott Richter coupled with an ambition to always be different puts Metroschifter into a class of their own. That doesn't always mean their music is listenable, however. Over their 7 year career, the Schif has released everything from heavy, rocking 7"s to all-acoustic, almost-country albums to semi-electronic EPs. They are currently in the process of auditioning members for "Metroschifter, Too!", an all new band that would continue to tour the nation and play only Metroschifter songs. It takes a truly dedicated fan to stick with them through everything and still find the good in what they're doing. Encapsulated is the group's latest release, although it is a bit of a puzzler as well. The story behind it is as follows: Scott demoed 21 songs, and hand picked 21 different bands to record those songs for Metroschifter. The end result would be this CD, an entire album full of Metroschifter songs that the band itself didn't play a note on. Well, out of the 21 bands, 7 couldn't participate, and only 1 band declined completely [the uber-cool Shellac]. The other thirteen took these rough demos and turned them into their own.
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