on 21 May 2000
Linea 77 are Italy's biggest alternimetal band at the moment, with Earache reporting audiences averaging 1000 sweaty bodies a night on their 'Too Much Happiness...' tour. With an album release of this quality it isn't hard to see how they blagged a top-of-the-bill position on the second stage at the Beach Bum Festival, to tread the same boards as quality acts such as NOFX.
'Too Much Happiness...' was originally self-released by Linea 77, but when the guys signed to Earache the whole thing was remastered and repackaged into the current beast ...
It is refeshing to hear a European band putting out an album of this quality, into a genre which has been dominated by US acts. If Linea 77 are anything to go by then this is set to change... From the word go, you can tell this album is going to be special. Track one, 'Touch' opens with a typically chugging guitar riff courtesy of Chinaski, quickly backed up by rappy, quirky vocals the duties for which are shared between Emo and Nitto. These two guys are well suited, often trading off on one another to create an atmosphere which when combined with the rest of the band, can only be described as heavy-duty.
'Too Much Happiness...' as a whole has pretty much everything you'd expect from this type of band; the chugging riffage, intense guitar blasts, harmonic and rapping vocals, groove, angst, melody, agression... Ok, so if you've read the review this far you'll have probably heard all this before, and to be brutally honest I can't describe Linea 77 as an original concept in style or image. However, if you ignore this fact and get on with taking 'Too Much Happiness...' for what it is then you'll find yourself in for a treat. Genre-wise they may not (yet) be pushing back the frontiers but so what?
Original or not, this is still one hell of a quality album, and I dare anyone into this type of stuff to say otherwise...
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on 1 October 2000
If you have never heard anything by Korn, Soulfly, Limp Bizkit, Downset, Deftones, System of a down, Biohazard, Machine Head or Slipknot then this is the most original album ever. If you have heard these bands, then expect something very familiar. For those into safe, unoriginal, boring bands only.