Bonus Tracks

THE HUNGER

Devil Thumbs a Ride (Universal)

With "Vanishing Cream" receiving considerable attention from KLBJ, it's no surprise this Houston quartet's album blands somewhere between Alice in Chains and Filter. Surprisingly, however, despite the faux industrial keys-whiz, and every cliché in the book, the band's pound-and-howl factor almost saves Devil Thumbs a Ride from being a total heap. (The Hunger play Bob Popular, Friday, September 27.) -- Raoul Hernandez


BONEGLOVE

Hard rock may still make its comeback, but even if it does, it ain't gonna be touching Queensyrche, Bang Tango, Sacred Reich, or Jackyl, which is why Boneglove's inadvertent 10-song tribute to the above seems even more sadly out-of-touch than even less ambitious local metal retreads. -- Andy Langer


RUBBERBULLET

OpenOpenOpen (Last Beat)

These days lots of groups emphasize sound over song, but Dallas's Rubberbullet are no Sincola, who on their own tune-thin debut, What the Nothinghead Said, at least offered a banshee with her own vision (Rebecca Cannon) and a real producer (Brian Beattie). Bullet's Beth Clardy is no Cannon and there's no producer listed. Not much else here. -- Raoul Hernandez

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