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Victor Bravo: Hammer Meets FireHammer Meets Fire (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Aside from their name, on paper, Victor Bravo sounds like a pretty viable musical experiment: You take one part guitar progressions, tones and a drumming style reminiscent of Hüsker Dü and you mix it with vocal melodies ripped out of the garage and glam rock playbook. It's hard to deny that those things make for a pretty solid rock 'n' roll/punk listening experience. Somewhere in the execution, however, the two styles end up mixing like oil and water or vampires and chest hair rather than beer and pizza. Remember how after the Dü gained some national clout there were a ton of alternative rock bands aping their style but they'd have the occasional flair to things that seemed slightly contrived or over-dramatic, leaving hints of cock rock and a sound that would one day spawn Nickelback? You kinda get whiffs of that on Hammer Meets Fire.
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