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underTone / Press

“Album Review "Mannequins and Maniacs" The guitar riffs sound heavier than before (compared to the demo, the guitarist might need to be checked for HGH or steroid abuse…), the rhythm section seems a bit more adventurous (a drummer that actually seems to be able to dance with the bass player as opposed to simply laying down basic rock percussion that handcuffs or boxes in the jazz/funk meanderings of the bassist), but the biggest part in the evolution of the band is the new vocalist. Think Dream Theater’s James LaBrie. Perhaps his presence has inspired the rest of the band to add more dynamics as a whole. The atmosphere evokes introspection. The compositions at their most basic play by the hard rock template while considering modern metal as an inspiration. However, once the other layers are added on top of it, a playground of sounds emerge that allow the listener several listens before the riddle here is completely solved.”

“Tampa's underTone mixes sludgy guitars and wailing vocals with a grunge-meets-metal edge. On hard-hitting songs like Family Tree and Leech, it's a mix that calls to mind Scott Weiland fronting Korn or Tool. "One of the best compliments we’ve received recently came from an independent radio station who said that they hear our influences in our music, yet we don’t sound like these bands," said guitarist Mike Weaver. "Between the four of us, we have a very broad range of influences." Among them: Sevendust, Helmet, System of a Down and Faith No More. They have been performing together around Tampa Bay since 2001. "Luckily, we're now all in a position to take undertone to the next level -- i.e., we're ready to leave corporate America and become big rock stars," he said.”