Clawfinger - Hate Yourself With Style (Nuclear Blast Records) - Back
I was kinda surprised to see Clawfinger on Nuclear Blast Records. That’s not a bad thing. However, they have a little more of a commercial sound than just about every band on their roster. Don’t let that discourage you if you haven’t heard “Hate Yourself With Style” yet. Clawfinger have a nu metal sound with a little thrash. A bunch of bands come to mind including Dope, old Korn, Coal Chamber, Godsmack, old Stained, and even old Metallica. The guitars sound down-tuned…probably drop D, at least some sort slack tuning. Using this technique it gives their music an extra heaviness that also adds to their style. This creates quite a few cool riffs for Clawfinger, some with a thrashy sound. “Hate Yourself With Style” is probably the heaviest disc they have put out, and I always appreciate a band trying to be a little heavier. I can’t help but think that it seems that the whole disc was geared for the radio. Having a radio vibe like this should help the band get more exposure. Tracks like “Dirty Lies,” “Breakout (Embrace The Child Inside Your),” and “Right To Rape” sound like a radio tunes. The choruses are what do it; they are commercial sounding.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins