Lee Harvey and the Oswalds
Three Bullets in the Mainstream

Release date: Out now
Label: STF-Records
Distribution: M-System
Website: www.leeharvey.de
Style: Fusion metal

Rating: 35/100
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Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: July 31st 2006 

I am now officially a part of the mainstream and at least one of the three bullets from the title of this album has got my name on it.

Although it’s not my job as a reviewer, I try to be open-minded and normally like those combos that stray off the beaten track of metal recipes…but as far as I can hear, Munich-based Lee Harvey and the Oswalds have done their worst to rip off Mr. Bungle completely without being able to capture the real, essential madness that makes Mike Patton’s better projects so utterly unbearable, yet undeniably charming.

Yes, the German octet mixes horns, organs and other intolerable instruments with death metal growls and double bass drum massacre, and I do understand some musicians’ need not to be nailed upon the cross of one music genre, however, for all the talent that rears it’s beautiful head every now and then on this album, I find it too hard to digest and find myself wishing that the (primarily instrumental death metal) track Carnage could last the entire record. Apart from the death grunts, singer Manual at best sounds like former Exodus shouter Steve ‘Zetro’ Sousa and whether that is good or bad, I’ll leave up to you to judge.

It would appear that my open-mindedness only goes so far.