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While the duo’s musical expertise is obvious, ‘My Insanity’ borders on cover act fodder.

Suffering a major identity crisis, genre-hoppers Spinning Chain resort to copycat tactics in a bid to attract a target audience. Though neatly produced, the bulk of ‘My Insanity’ amounts to little more than a Linkin Park tribute, showcasing creepily detailed knowledge of the band’s finest trademarks. But, with nu-metal’s heyday indisputably over, these once-popular trappings come off undesirably dated. 

Despite nods to brooding metal, the end result is as disappointingly mild-mannered as a preteen temper tantrum. Unwisely selected as an opening track, ‘Too Far Gone’ is a damp squib of rehashed hooks and simpering vocals. Worse still, the band’s flirtation with pop punk leans more toward a saccharine than catchy flavour. Following three humdrum tracks, ‘End Of My Rope’ finally offers a glimpse of promising material, with bone-crunching riffs strengthened by a solid rhythm section. Tinged with rock ’n’ roll’s swaggering axemanship, ‘Rope…’ features a flawless balance of muscularity and anthemic rock. Cinematic keyboards and industrial nuances add the finishing touches to this undeniably polished record. ‘Get Out’ exhibits a particularly slick range of nightmarish electronica and fragmented melody lines, boasting an ultra-modern appeal.

Taking a grungy, increasingly unimaginative turn, ‘Who I Am’ is a shameless Alice In Chains rip-off, parroting the late Layne Staley amid an iconic mass of sludgy guitars. As the album’s lawsuit-inducing content stacks up, Spinning Chain seem increasingly intent on piggybacking off the success of big-name musicians. Their muddled mix of influences balloons still further with the unexpectedly sunny ‘Let It Ride.’ Riddled with laidback, old school melodies, this random offering is an ill-fitting exception to Spinning Chain’s overwhelmingly moody angle. 

Toying with genres like a child playing at dress-up, Spinning Chain have yet to discover their own brand of modern rock. And while the duo’s musical expertise is obvious, ‘My Insanity’ borders on cover act fodder.

Faye Coulman

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