Motive – Damned if you do…Dead if you don`t!

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Reviewed: March 2001
Released: 2000, Independent
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Motive is one of those bands that critics hate to review, reason being that they are not easy to pigeonhole. The bio for this already somewhat successful band says that they have shared the stage with the likes of Skinlab, Flotsam & Jetsam, Deicide, and Machine Head among many others, and really, I can hear all of those bands within the Motive soundscape. So, I guess you could say that the Motive sound is an intense blend of death metal, traditional heavy metal, and Pissing Razors. The question is, is it any good?

One listen to CD opener “Expose the Lies” expels any doubt from your head. The song is a full-on assault to the ears full of chunky guitars, growled vocals and pounding drums, setting the stage perfectly for what is to come. From there on out Motive tears through 7 more angry METAL songs in just under 26 minutes, so don’t expect some thought-out prog songs here! These boys are pissed and their gonna let you know it!

“Religious Intent” is a jab people who blindly follow religion without truly understanding it, and also happens to be one of the best songs on the album. It begins with a slow, sludgy guitar riff, before really kicking in and letting loose. In fact, the song is perfect microcosm of Motive’s “whisper-to-roar” attack.

The rest of the album follows in the same vein as the band viciously vents their frustration with the world. In fact, Motive reminds me of a band that I reviewed last month called The Fallen. They have the same groove-laden metal style, with Motive being the uglier and more brutal of the two. Fans of Pissing Razors and Skinlab should check this band out and pop some veins along with ‘em.

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