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CD Cover Drain S.T.H.

Review by Darren Gawle

45-second excerpt from "I Don't Mind" (various formats)

Maybe it's all those months without sunshine, or maybe it's the slash'n'burn Viking heritage, but they sure like that Heavy Metal, those Swedes do. And Drain S.T.H. are four women here to show us twelve different ways that Alice in Chains could have covered the Scorpions' "Winds of Change."

Actually it's not all that bad; opening track "I Don't Mind" had enough hooks in its chorus to keep my finger off the fast forward button for 3:42, and they slip in enough female sensibilities to make the lyrics rise above being two-dimensional (they're at least two-and-a-half dimensional). Still, this is fairly humourless stuff, as exemplified by "Mirror's Eyes" ("Burnt the cradle to the ground / Created a beast of sadness / Now I'm searching to be found.").

"Stonking!" as my friend Matt from Nottingham would say. But, unfortunately, not "stonking" enough.

First published in Drop-D Magazine on May 26, 1997

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