Monday, December 10, 2007

Review -- CAUTERIZE -- Disguises

High 4 Records
8.5-out of 10
Heading out east we find Cauterize, a band out of Oshawa, ON.
Cauterize is an interesting band. On their first song Love In The Attic you might get a slight Aerosmith flashback from their effort on the Armageddon soundtrack, at least stylistically. The same memory gets a bit of a twig on parts of Don't Stop Now as well.
Jesse Smith is the voice here, and he has a good one too.
However, I was really intrigued when I looked at the liner notes the first time and saw that Jason Bone was not only playing bass here, but cello and mandolin too, and that Chuck Coles was also on cello as well as guitar. I am always intrigued when a band goes off on a bit of a tangent trying some unique instrumentation. It shows too these guys likely have a broad appreciation of music.
In addition to Bone and Coles the band is rounded out by Josh Slater on guitar and Matt Worobec on drums, and as a unit they are tight.
The best cut here might well be Minor Key Symphony, although this is another CD that rocks from start to finish. Cuts such as Closer, Dare You To Scream (wonderful lyrics on this one), The Devil In Lace (sweet guitar intro), and Paper Wings are other songs I truly enjoyed.
This is a CD you really can't go wrong with if you like rock. Check these guys out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 5, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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