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On the whole Lose Control's debut is average at best.

Lose Control was founded in Hermosa Beach, California by guitarists Jeff Nisen and A.J. Bartholomew in 2011. Teaming up with drummer/producer Mike Sutherland they created a self-titled EP that was released in June 2012. In 2013 Patrick Salmon became the full-time drummer and with the addition of bass player Mitch Davis the line-up was completed. 'Let It Be Known' is the debut album and in general can be regarded as Modern Rock with elements of Heavy Metal.

'Bulletproof' gets things off to a good start; the song is up-tempo and aggressive in the main but contains a reflective bridge in contrast. 'The Weight Of The Sea' has a number of time changes that border on Progressive and this varies the musically themes without losing too much identity. The dual lead guitar sound is a strong feature of '...Known' and highlights some accomplished musicianship. The vocals are by no means exceptional but I have heard a lot worse on a number of recent releases.

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'Overboard' and 'Insane' lack a bit of quality and emphasise a lack of ideas and originality but 'Gone' has a commercial appeal at its core. It has some nice melody lines and Pop/Rock undertones, married with a pleasant hook and as such is the closest thing to a single from the album's ten tracks. Unfortunately 'When Lies Become Natural' seems to be a couple of good guitar solos in search of a decent song, yet still gives Nisen and Bartolomew a chance to demonstrate their skills. For an independent release the production values are quite good and in the main the songs have a live feel about them.

There are moments of quality that hint at a mature song-writing ethic but on the whole Lose Control's debut is average at best. I can't help thinking that at times everything is just a showcase for the lead guitars and the songs are secondary and this is the main problem that needs addressing if the band intend to continue in a recording capacity.

Dave Bott

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