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Pacifier

Nothingface

1997

A pretty weak debut album from what would turn out to be a pretty good band.  Only 1 good song, 1-2 decent songs, but the rest is sub-mediocore unfortunately.

6.1

An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity

Nothingface

1998

There was a lot of hype around so called Nu-Metal in the late 90s, but I always prefered alternative-metal.  AGTEA is a good example of the difference between Nu vs. Alternative, in that AGTEA has an underground feel, and it does not have any songs that are designed to get played on commerical radio.  So that makes this a real album, and while it is certainly heavy and thrashy, Matt Holt was also a very good singer (one could argue Cory Taylor ripped-off his style, but I digress).  If you want a real no-frills alternative-metal album from the late 90s, look no further than AGTEA.

7.8

Violence

Nothingface

2000

A more mainstream sounding version of Nothingface…lacks the darkness/underground feel of AGTEA, but hard to deny it isn't an overall more well-rounded, better album, with better songs.  Sounds like respectable Nu-Metal? If there ever was such a thing, this is it.

8.0

Skeletons

Nothingface

2003

This album doesn't sound quite as polished and well-rounded as Violence, but it's the subject matter that really steals the show here.  Matt Holt actually drops some thoughtful, topical, and thought-provoking lyrics that reflected the disturbing times in the post-9/11 world.  I for one could certainly relate to the subject matter and general mindset of Mr. Holt.  Most of the songs are all good here, the heavier tunes are less crushing and more thrashy in nature, and some of the more melodic tunes are downright catchy.  A more than solid swan-song from a very underrated alt-metal band.

8.0

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