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Toxic Field Mice
Nobody Cried When Jaws Died (Retaliate Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Toxic Field Mice are a heavy-metal band with a slight hip-hop tongue. And, as 1999 seems to be the year of the heavy-metal/hip-hop acts, Toxic Field Mice seem to fit right in.

But, one thing that sets this band apart from the vast majority of other bands in their current field is the melody and energy these guys capture. I'll be the first to admit I can't stand hip-hop infused metal that much, and it takes a special band for me to 'understand.' Yet, after listening to this disc a few times, I was able to grasp what they were all about and got into them.

Songs like "G.O.P.," "Station 195," "Music Giant," and "Fat Stone" seem to pack an intense experience within the confines of a well-written, knuckle-grinding, head-banging package. The vocals can scream, rap, piss and spit, or go soft and smooth, depending on the environment of the song. That is very important, especially in this kind of heart-pounding, adrenaline-is-everything mode.

And, who can go wrong with sixteen songs in a total of sixty-five minutes? Though they may not be the best band out there in the genre, they seem to be able to rip through the chords with a grinding drive, which helps push them up a level or two. I'll give this album a B-.

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