|Review: Atomic Playground - Atomic Playground|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 28, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
In attempting to sound like any number of 80s Heavy Metal bands, Florida's Atomic Playground fails almost completely. Poor performances, poor songwriting, poor everything is what you get on their self-titled debut.
The production sounds suspiciously "ProTools-y," which, being an independent release is certainly understandable, but it does nothing for the sound, which is choppy and sterile. The playing is unruly with the guitars and drums occasionally losing the beat. The riffs are dull and the lyrics are juvenile. Worst of all are the vocals of Buddy Zappa. The man cannot sing. He is either flat or off-key, sometimes wildly, much of the time. He uses vocal slides as a crutch and often stops short or slides right by the correct note. The bright spots, few and far between as they are, including some decent fuzzy guitars on "In for the Kill" and some clever use of famous quotes in "Over," in no way make up for the overall low quality of Atomic Playground.
I'm the last person to try and discourage a young band, but if this is all Atomic Playground have; it may be time for a career change.
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