This records, as underpinned by the other review here,does have a raw sound - but one that can only be accounted for as poor production values, and while Miocene use this records to try to distance themselves from the nu-metal also rans of both Britain and the US, they still work to a system of convention here. Verses and choruse are all accounted for, and while there is some spare and almost provocative (when brought into context wt the crushing nature of the rest of heir music) does add some contrast to their music, it soes little for originality - nothing here cannot be found on other bands material who have had far longer to hone their respective skills.
Despite this, the technica nature, emotion, power and occasional deftness of the album pull it through, and Miocene certainly are in the possesion of at least a spark of greatness, and with the excellent dynamics of tracks such as 9mm High and Rising, this is certainly no debut to be ashamed of.
However, if you enjoy Miocene for their verve, musicianship, variety and ability to utilise totally different genres within the same musical structures, then checkout their latest EP Cellular Memory, which is a leap and a bound ahead of this, providing elegant and occasionaly beautiful metal soundscapes poised alongside jazz and the contemporary drum n` bass stylings of bands such as squarepusher and the aphex twin; a record which sounds the way I think Miocene wanted it to sound - and is a step on the ladder to (relative) greatness.
This mini-album is the sound of a band taking its first few teetering steps. Get Cellular Memory, and you'll see them flex their new found muscle.