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Well, the latest endeavor from Chicago's Acumen Nation definitely earns its name, as this 15-track affair sounds more synthetic than anything five guys in wifebeaters can conjure up. Think of the wares of Ministry, Mudvayne, Static X, KMFDM, and traces of Voivod rolled into one as a brief summation of what tracks like "My Lifes Last Breath" and "Tools in the Blood Shed" bring to the table. Heavy on the effects and programmed to death, Acumen Nation's technical metallics are a bit outdated but would be enjoyable for those who still like to rock their PVC outfits and hang from hooks in the ceiling in their spare time.
- Mike SOS