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Light It Up by Rev Theory
Released: Jun 2008
Label: Interscope/Brian Howes
Rev Theory's Light It Up takes Nickelback's post-grunge magik tricks, delivers them with more of a streamlined metal approach than the heartland rock that identify that other band, and then marries them to heavy (and welcome) elements of Bleach-era Nirvana. This means these songs are singable as hell. Sometimes singer Rich Luzzi sounds a little overly serious (see "Broken Bones") and sometimes he sounds pretty tough (see the title track). Most importantly, when they want to rock, Rev Theory are pretty good.
Mike McGuirk