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Tuesday, July 31 2012 09:39

The Company Band - Pros & Cons EP (Review)

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When the members of a band come from such groovalistic heavy rockers as CLUTCH, FU MANCHU, CKY, and FIREBALL MINISTRY, it's a safe bet that what they'll be creating something of quality - provided you're already a fan of the source artists. When the band in question is THE COMPANY BAND, you can bet that customer service is a high priority in the interest of providing listeners with a top product at a fair price. On their latest EP, PROS & CONS (out now on Weathermaker Music), THE COMPANY BAND proves that to be true.

companybandcover'Timeless heavy rock' comes to mind as a way to describe the five-song assemblage presented by THE COMPANY BAND for model year 2012, a set that would've sounded just as good in 1984, a year when "Cellular Devices" were used solely for voice communication as opposed to their current multi-tasking ability as portable music players.

"Your opinion means so much to us," declares CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon on the lead track, "House of Capricorn," so I can only presume that they'll be happy to know that I feel this to be the standout of the EP. Oddly, the EP becomes slightly less rockin' by it's end, but that's by no means a slight to the fine slab of musical meat. 

PROS & CONS is available on iTunes.

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The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars



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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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