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CD Review: Halifax – The Inevitability Of A Strange World

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There are some amazing debut albums coming out this year, and this one leads the pack in a major way. Halifax's highly anticipated debut album, The Inevitability Of A Strange World, is out, and out with a bang! The band's website boasts a million visitors, and shows nearly a half a million plays of their first track from the album, "Nightmare," and almost 400,000 plays of "Anthem For Tonight," also off this new CD. They're heavily influenced by bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Foo Fighters and, on the reggae side,  Children of Bodom.

Front man Mike Hunau, guitarists Chris Brandt and Adam Charles, bassist Doug Peyton, and drummer Tommy Guindon comprise this irreverent group of party animal rockers. And booze-swilling as they may be, this group rocks with a flavor and a flair that earns them the right to be as boldly blazon in their offstage rituals as they choose. The energy and power in "Better Than Sex" showcases their mainstream capabilities, and highlights the reasons for the loyal and strong following they enjoy. The melding of rock, punk, and a touch of emo is what songs like "Such A Terrible Trend" and "Murder I Wrote" bring to mind, in a way that few bands are able to portray in today's music scene.

From the moment this band stepped out on stage in Austin and the TV cameras brought them into America's music focus, these guys have been destined to make some powerful music. The band's website says, "From the coke-binge-gone-wrong theatrics of 'Snow In Hollywood' to the stunning snarl of 'Promise Me A Tragedy,' Hunau says most of the tunes in the Halifax songbook first germinate when he and Brandt collaborate."

The website continues. “It’s usually us coming up with a skeleton of a song and the lyrics and then we’re bringing it to the table and showing everyone what our version of it is,” he says. “And then everyone works on it together.” As frustrating as a rock democracy can be – Hunau says the sequencing of the disc was laborious due to disagreements – it’s this teamwork that eventually found the group a home on the infamous Drive-Thru Records label."

The level of maturity shown in this process is rare, to say the least, in even the most seasoned of bands. The presence of it in a young band like this is only more proof that they are going somewhere, to be sure.

This debut album on Drive-Thru Records is sure to be the vehicle to launch a lasting career with some very highly sought songs to come. A definite must-add to any collection, an excellent album of today's sounds.

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