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Belgian bruisers Lost Department are a sextet who blur the edges between the groove-laden melodic hardcore of bands like Thumb and the seething modern metal of bands like Trivium on the five-track LO.DEP. Able to crush with the churning riffs and bastardized screams that the big boys brandish, yet still adept enough to subtlely introduce a chorus that could shake a soccer stadium, this band showcases a versatility that hampers the overall vibe at times, but rarely fails to disappoint. Tracks like "Part One" and "Grudge" unfurl elements of death metal, new school punk rock, and radio-ready hard rock into a surprisingly sucessful swirl that typifies the schizophrenia Lost Department is responsible for.
- Mike SOS