CellOut - Superstar Prototype (Nuerra Records)

Slick production line metal that may not be quite as universally appealing as the band might think...
Release Date: 
22 Jul 2011 (All day)

I’m only a young man, but already I seem to have developed a slight suspicion of anything ‘modern’. When I was passed this album from the MaF powers that be, who clearly felt it would be ‘up my alley’ because of my age, I was expecting some sort of horrible, post-grunge, radio friendly nonsense. I wasn’t entirely right – but I wasn’t that far off the mark either.

Superstar Prototype is, in the words of the band itself “the blueprint which all metal/rock will set as standard” in the future, and, whilst applauding their barefaced cheek in making such a presumptuous statement, I have to say it fills me with dread. If this is the future I’d probably like to get a refund now if that’s OK? Because I don’t think I could spend the rest of my life in a world where lowest common denominator, squeakily clean riffs and unimaginative arrangements constitute ‘the blueprint’. Whilst it’s obviously preferable to hear any hard rock on the radio in place of the pop/r n’b/dance alternative, I really can’t find enough in this record’s grooves to make me stand up in public and say you should buy it. There are good young hard rock bands out there who fall short of metal status yet bring the riff with enough enthusiasm and skill to be worthy of your notice (I’m thinking of the likes of Destrophy here);  CellOut (and what an amusingly apposite name that may well turn out to be) isn’t one of them.This is entry level rock that you really don't need in your life.