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Without A Promise (Earache)

By: Mike SOS

Shortie's emotionally-tinged hard rock seems misplaced on Earache, home for grind and extreme metal, as this Sacramento, CA band's sound falls somewhere between the heavy handed guitars of Life of Agony and the sappy mall punk of Story of the Year. However, the melodic meanderings of this outfit's latest 14-track WITHOUT A PROMISE, while speaking loudly, doesn't offer much more than The Used or Papa Roach in terms of originality or creativity, making their ready for radio rock fodder fall a tad flat. Armed with big hooks, a slew of anguished screamo-esque vocals, and not much else, Shortie's shelf life is ticking away quicker by the second.
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