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Onesidezero
Onesidezero
(Corporate Punishment Records)

Onesidezero manage to distill everything that is satisfying from each modern rock sub-genre and fuse it into one cohesive package that make's non sequiturs and cliches fun and justifiable again.

Onesidezero manage to distill everything that is satisfying from each modern rock sub-genre and fuse it into one cohesive package that make's non sequiturs and cliches fun and justifiable again. The frustration, fear, irony and contradiction seems genuine for the first time in a long time, as does the late-80's/early-90's guitar solo that Levon Sultanian shreds out on "Whatever Happened To..."  There was a reason why the songs were so epic, some anthemic, and why they could be considered so-called "power ballads." Because they touched on that opaque but universal area of the heart that governs one's many socio-psychologically complexities. And it is that area that is called back, once again, on "Levitation" and other fine tracks from this self-titled LP.  It can be said that onesidezero borrows liberally from older brothers like Linkin Park and Staind--and well, I might add--but the production as a whole features a cosmopolitan mixture dyed pink with a nice spike of post-Gen-X Rossdale and pre-Soundgarten Cornell while leaving plenty of room for what fans and future music listeners will know as "that trademark onesidezero sound."  These cats aren't all smoke and mirrors, they have an identity, one that is sprinkled with potential and raw pathos.--Bob Freville
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