CD Review: Bullets and Octane

Bullets and Octane
In the Mouth of the Young
By David Chiu

Sounding somewhere in between punk and nu metal, Bullets and Octane deliver hard-charging rock that offers not a wasted moment. In the Mouth of the Young contains compact, succinct songs delivered with enough thrash for a hardcore audience; yet the musical is accessible enough for those weaned on stadium rock from bands such as Van Halen. In fact, lead singer Gene Louis sounds at times like a serious-minded David Lee Roth minus Diamond Dave’s goofy humor. Only “Bathroom Floor” deviates from the fast and hard blueprint, revealing a sly melodic side. The band, who live up to its name, sounds rough and ready on record; the songs even probably translate better live.


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