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Special Ops melds the rock

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Montreal heavy rock band Special Ops’ third CD, ‘Through the Heart of the Infidel’ is what you’d get if you’d mix Alice in Chains with System of a Down and stirred them up with a touch of Tool.
It starts with a jarring detuned riff on H.M and takes off from there. I like ‘Snakebite’ a lot. and ‘Hard Ass’ is very good as well. ‘Monster in Me,’ one of the Alice in Chains knock offs also stands out, mainly because of a very tasteful guitar solo. The vocals of that one are reminiscent of Big Wreck/ Thornley’s Ian Thornley.alt
The System of a Down influences  leaps out on ‘Anthem of Deceit’ and ‘Full Circle.’ which has a tortured guitar solo.
I like the  cool opening riff of ‘Pressure’  which even includes a bit of rap. There is even a little bit of Red Hot Chili peppers influence in a couple numbers.
 The CD moves quickly  thanks to unstoppable drumming, some cool bass and  some  catchy guitar. And before you know it the half hour is over and you want to hear it again. Very  raw and rocking as it should be, being produced  by Glen Robinson, who lists the likes of the Ramones, AC DC, Nashville Pussy and Voivod on his résumé. Solid.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Through the Heart of the Infidel
Band: Special Ops
Genre: heavy rock
Record company: Indie
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