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Avoid like it's Miley Cyrus with the clap.

Back in the day (yeah, I'm old) it wasn't too easy to release an album, and even harder to get it reviewed by the too few magazines that would touch rock music. Nowadays recording and releasing albums is a piece of piss and there's way more magazines and websites to throw it at for a review. The problem is that there's way less quality control these days as a result, and sometimes an album arrives that makes you want to travel to Switzerland and kill whoever made it. With that said, here's the debut from Swiss band Crusher...

Now I don't mind a bit of cheese, and an unoriginal band can still be lots of fun. After all, not every album can reinvent the wheel. The thing with 'In Heat' is it's both generic and shit. Cliché after cliché rumbles on, but not in a good way (see Reckless Love for an example of good cheese). The guitar work is very basic, with the solos adding nothing to the tracks, whilst the vocals are rather horrible as well. The choruses are repetitive without being catchy, and the basic song structure is, well, basic. This is hard rock as written by teenagers with no imagination or discernible talent. There's a glimmer of promise in the corny but well paced 'Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll', but that's soon forgotten as it's followed by 'Sweet Sugar', a track that made my ears bleed.

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With singing that gives me a headache EVERY TIME I listen to the album (which is not good for a reviewer and has never happened before), combined with boring, clichéd songs, 'In Heat' should be locked away in a lead-lined chest and thrown down the deepest trench in the ocean. Along with the band, whoever wrote the promo sheet and whoever thought the cover wasn't cheap and tacky.

Avoid like it's Miley Cyrus with the clap.

Alan Holloway

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