Closing In

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  • Summary: This debut LP from the guitar/drums duo of Mike Conte and Adam Bennati is defintely harder and heavier than your typical Matador release.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
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  1. Alternative Press
    The irony police already have an APB out on these dudes... but in reality, the old guard are just jealous because they didn't think of it first. [Dec 2005, p.206]
  2. That they can create such a heavy sound with just two people is nothing short of genius.
  3. Closing In is a classic guitar-driven heavy metal record. It's a throwback to early 80s thrash, the era before speed often became a substitute for creative ideas.
  4. Uncut
    Early Man pull off metal with a back-to-basics swagger--even if their relentless assault does get a bit samey by the end. [Nov 2005, p.111]
  5. Closing In is numbingly derivative, not just because it wears its influences like a bat in its mouth, but because there's nothing even remotely memorable or engaging about it.
  6. Closing In might be a fun listen, but considering the wealth of metal bands who continue to push the genre's boundaries further outward, it's odd that Matador would put so much attention on a band as blatantly retro as Early Man.
  7. Closing In consists of amateurish approximations of the music the duo wishes it were playing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. tt
    Dec 15, 2005
    thank god this happened
  2. bobr
    Dec 7, 2005
    album of the year...hands down
  3. BLKCLD31
    Jan 13, 2006
    So easy to just sit back and simply Rock. Yes it is nostalgic but its been a while since anyone has done something so basic and unpretentious.
  4. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    sounds like death from above 1979 mixing with metallica,slayer,and sabbath....and that's not a good thing at all.