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Is There A Market For This? (Rainstorm Productions)

By: Alex Steininger

Post-hardcore outfit Clearmotive, hailing from Buffalo, NY, delivers a concise, dynamic sound on their thirty-four minute, nine track offering, Is There A Market For This?. Despite the easy-to-pick-apart album title, Clearmotive's emotional abrasion comes alive through a combination of gut-wrenching vocals, a striking rhythm section, and plenty of screaming guitars to fill in the sound. Here is a record that comes crashing down on you from the get go, but not for the point to crush you. Rather, they do it because the energy is there, alive and breathing, in their songs. And, unlike others, they're not timid about writing sensitive, soft, light material, which is sprinkled, in good proportions, throughout this album. I'll give it a B.
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