NATAS
"System Failure (second release)" CD


Reviewer: Ian Boggero
Date: February 5th, 2003

When looking at the track listing and it only goes up to ten, you can almost be assured that it won't be worthwhile, right? Completely wrong. This is living proof that it's well worth it. However, certain uncalled for side affects from listening to this CD may occur. One is the fact that as soon as I listened, the songs were stuck in my head for days. However, this isn't a bad thing. Instead, I'd consider good since the songs are so melodic that they'll keep you asking for more. Not sure what I mean still? Then check it out yourself and also enjoy the sticker.



NATAS
"The Dark Side Of The Human Brain" EP CD


Reviewer: Ian Boggero
Date: February 5th, 2003

After studying human behavior for a while, you will soon come to realize that most people that appear regular also have a dark side which they hide. This CD shows just that. In my opinion, this is the epitome of dark and heavy yet melodic music. With a total of four songs, and art on the CD itself and jewel case, you can be assured that its completley worth the money no doubt about it.



Ten Inten City
"Wrong Side Of The Road" CD


Reviewer: Joey Kamiya
Date: August 6th, 2003

From the opening guitar riffs blasting your speaker during Now 'til the last eerie sample in The End, Ten Inten City's (a solo music project created by Ben Lopez) debut disc, Wrong Side Of The Road, is definately worth a listen for any rock fan.

Most of the 16 songs on the CD are driven by distorted and heavy guitar riffs (with occassional clean and mellow parts) and a sing/scream vocal style that remains popular in the mainstream alternative rock scene; keeping the rhythm are deep basslines from Ben's 5-string bass and electronic-style drum beats created with FruityLoops.

The songs that really caught my attention were Second and Machine.

If I remember correctly, I believe Second was the last song Ben recorded for the CD. What struck me most about the song is the advanced drum programming; although it still has a hint of techno-ness within it, it sounds more like a live drummer. I also think Ben pulls off the "quiet to loud" dynamic shifts the best in this song.

My favorite song on the disc is the instrumental rocker, Machine (which unfortunately is the shortest song). With good techno drums that'll immediately get your head bobbing to the beat and a rad wah-wah infected guitar solo jamming along through out the song, it's hard for me not to like it (I'm a big instrumental rock freak)!

So, if you like the fast stuff, the heavy stuff, the slow stuff, or the fast, heavy, and the slow all mixed together, I suggest that you check out this CD. It's not available in any stores, but you can contact Ben (AIM screen name: OneManBand624) for a copy. Keep up the rockin' work; I can't wait 'til the next CD dude!