Driven - Self Inflicted

Year of Release: 2001
Label: MTM Music
Catalog Number: 1704-08
Format: CD
Total Time: 59:52:00

The debut release by L.A. Rockers Driven is a straight-in-your-face metal album filled with banging drums, roaring guitars and power vocals. Wimps and posers should stay clear from this CD, as this is modern, up-and-coming "New" Metal.

You may recognise some of the band members from the past though. Guitarist Tracy G (ex-WW III, Restless) played with DIO between the years of 1993-99. After leaving DIO he decided to search for his own metal act and together with vocalist Timm Saxton (ex-Snack), bassist Larry "Bones" Dennison (ex-DIO, Lita Ford, etc.) and drummer Mike "Show Me The Money" Terrana (ex-Rage, Yngwie Malmsteen, Helloween, Gamma Ray, MacAlpine, etc.) they founded the vicious band Driven. The CD opens up with a couple of cool tracks like "World To Me," "Necessary" and both "The Best Of Me" and "Driven" are nice metal anthems. Still, the major problem with this CD is actually the poor quality of the song material. They may have the goods to deliver some shit heavy music but what good is heavy if you can't even do the old headbanging art to the rhythm?

Fans of Godsmack or Pantera may find something you'll enjoy here, but to be honest... I don't believe so as those bands are at least at the top of the genre. This is not too heavy, too brutal or too modern... it's just too boring. You can't take away the fact that Tracy G is one helluva cool string bender though.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
World To Me / Necessary / Shine / No 1 2 U / The Best Of Me / Driven / Mr. Perfect / Pump / Speck (A 2nd Movement In C# Minor) / Bittersweet / The Lorax / Come Clean

Timm Saxton - vocals
Mike Terrana - drums
Tracy G - guitar
Lerry Dennison - bass

Works In Progress (ep) (1999)
Citizen X (2000)
Self Inflicted (2001)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin US

Added: December 18th 2004
Reviewer: Urban Wally Walstrom
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Language: english


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