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  • Summary: Scott "Wino" Weinrich, former member of such bands as The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, Place of Skulls, and The Hidden Hand, releases his debut solo album.
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  1. Throughout the CD's 10 tracks, Wino lets his personality show.
  2. 70
    Here, perhaps his most deft rhythm section (Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and Rezin bassist Jon Blank) acts as a liberating army -- trad doom, hardcore tempos, mathematic instrumentals, and a Fugazi lope ("Wild Blue Yonder") coexist perfectly with his famously piercing, rounded guitar tone. It's change any hesher could believe in.
  3. Save for the one glaring misstep, Punctuated Equilibrium doesn’t disappoint.
  4. Wino aims to combine vocal and guitar swagger with psychosis in equal measure on Punctuated Equilibrium--the mark of someone who knows that one of the best things to do with electric guitars is to figure out how to stun the listener and make them queasy at the same time. So if nothing on the album ultimately surprises, it's still a great demonstration of ability.
  5. 60
    His debut as a solo artist is no grand break from past form, while confirming that age shall not wither him. [Feb 2009, p.101]
  6. 60
    The veteran's authoritive amber croon and psychedelicised, occassionally spectacular axework imbue this mid-tempo set with a grace and economy often lacking in the genre. [Apr 2009, p.107]
  7. Throughout the album, as soon as the drums and guitar slide into nod-inducing alignment, they veer off-track. The songs simply do not cohere. The numerous instrumental tracks on the album show off the band’s virtuosity, but to entirely unmemorable effect.
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