Volume 94, Issue 92

Thursday, March 15, 2001


Elizabeth Anka crawls out of bed

Real spicy, but also pricey

A rare teen flick rainbow

Alien Ants arrive

Alien Ants arrive

Alien Ant Farm
Dreamworks Records

Apparently all it takes these days to break into the music business is to have one of your friends make it first.

In the case of Alien Ant Farm it was fellow hard rock band Papa Roach, who lent a hand with their guitar driven debut album and helped them get a record deal. Although falling on the softer side of the fence, Alien Ant Farm is the latest in the craze of hard rock along the lines of Limp Bizkit.

On their new album ANThology, all the songs are nearly identical. Guitarist Terry Corso limits himself to a very clean guitar sound and simple riffs. Since there is only one guitar, this tends to make songs such as "Movies" and "Calico" sound hollow and unfinished.

Although lacking in diversity and arguably originality, the album does have some good points. "Sticks and Stones," the fourth song on the record is rather well written and arranged. It has the right elements to make it in the music business. The song is nicely lead through tight verses and is allowed to reach a crescendo in a catchy chorus.

Vocalist Dryden Mitchell is the one saving grace to this band. Mitchell doesn't scream or rap his lyrics, rather he sings them – and well at that. He is able to convey a wide range of emotions with his smooth, clear voice. Mitchell writes about common themes such as breakups, and his unique vocal style is easily recognizable on the radio.

Although there is a certain amount of predictability to this album musically, it shouldn't surprise anyone if this band gets more exposure in the future. All it takes is to know someone in the business.

– Stephen Pizzale

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