|Review: Sandpaper Surprise - WIPE!!|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 29, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Miami, FL's Sandpaper Surprise list American bands like Crimson Glory, Vicious Rumors and Jag Panzer among their influences but after several listens of their debut, WIPE!!, I'm not hearing that at all. Their sound is most definitely of the U.S. Metal school but I hear the rougher edges of early Armored Saint, Keel, Ugly Kid Joe and even a heavier Cinderella in Sandpaper Surprise's loud, raucous sound. There's very little of the melodic smoothness of a Judas Priest or Crimson Glory. The vocals sound like a cross between Ron Keel (mid-range) and Dan Beehler (screams). With a title like WIPE!! accompanied by a picture on the cover of a roll of toilet paper that's actually 60-grit sandpaper, you can be assured the band doesn't take things too seriously. Songs like "You're Like Shit," "Right in the Ass" and "Telephonic Fight" are clearly light-hearted, which further cements the band's U.S. Metal ties. Comparisons aside, I can't really say I hear anything too impressive on WIPE!! The songs are energetically played but not particularly catchy and the ballad, "I'm Losing," is so derivative of every horrible stab at 80s MTV fame, it's unlistenable. As a trip down memory lane, WIPE!! is OK but it is a trip you probably won't repeat very often.
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