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The Panic Division's pop instincts are complimented by electronic beats and keyboard sampling. Their sound has been defined as 'Rock music that brings an electronic vibe to pop-sensible songs with hints of darkness'. They have the ability to bring a human touch to a style that usually sounds decidedly mechanical. Militia Group. 2005.


A steady-stream of mellow-beats and moony-electronic-bleeps to calm you before cranking up the guitars and punching you in the gut. -- , 2:11 p.m. ET Oct. 10, 2005

Rating: 9.1/10 - The Panic Division’s debut embodies heartfelt and sincere vocals rivaling any of Billboard’s chart-toppers today. --, Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:22 pm

one of the best bands... Laying synth undertones with hooky rock melodies... emotive, catchy songs... -- SPIN, September 16, 2005
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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Militia
  • ASIN: B000BI0WT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Martin on April 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A band who it seems have been overlooked for far too long, The Panic Division's blend of aggressive, punchy rock and blasting choruses are not to be ignored. "Versus," the album originally recorded and released by the band themselves almost a year from its re-release on The Militia Group, compiles 11 shimmering rock songs. Electronic loops and blasting guitars find their way through the breed of rip-off bands out there, with rather ordinary but nonetheless catchy vocal stylings and melodies.

The title track, "Versus," rips. As the drums blast away and the song kicks into full gear, you can't help but be suprised at the way the song sinks its teeth into you. The electronic looping is done suprisingly well, and breaks the band out of its shell, shining through on tracks like "Paradise" and "Sweet Devotion" especially. Truly, "Sweet Devotion," with its atmospheric intro and mad riffing guitars, sounds huge, enormous. Key tracks "Songs Of A Dead Poet" and "Paradise" all expose the insane catchiness and passion of the band, and while at moments the production might sound a little weak, overall it's obvius this band is meant to and do sound enormous, especially in their impressive live act.

Noisy and intense, "Versus" is what happens when a band who know their favorite styles in rock and hardcore make an album that is purely driven on melodies and original, interesting electronic synth looping. This album is absolutely insane, and incredibly underrated, and will undoubtedly pump up anyone's day. Go grab yourself a copy already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rohan Kohli on January 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let's do a little mind experiment, shall we? Take The Jealous Sound, de-indie-fy them, inject them with a 300% dose of hard, heavy rock, heap layers upon layers of dark, atmospheric, electronic textures on the band's palette, and marvel at the product: The Panic Division. The band's Militia Group debut, Versus, is an exceptionally crafted, melancholy, dark, electronic-based, spacey, heavy-hitting, pop-tinged rock record; yes, it's as good as it sounds.

Whereas many bands these days scatter electronics throughout their songs simply as an afterthought, The Panic Division actually writes their songs based off the electronic loops they create. Such a process results in a very genuine sounding record: the electronic loops and keyboards weave in and out of the songs gracefully, never coming or leaving abruptly, but always setting the mood and helping to carry the songs where they need to go. Weaned on such artists as Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow, and Snapcase, singer Colton Holliday says the band tries to combine electronic and rock music "the right way." Well, Mr. Holliday, The Panic Division has succeeded. With flying colors.

When I listen to Versus, I am immersed in a world all my own. The mood the album creates is one I empathize with: melancholy, and a sense of loneliness. Err, I guess that makes me sound like I'm depressed, but I'm not. It's just a warm feeling to know that other people can create music that sounds the way I feel at times-after all, isn't that what music is about? Whenever I listen to the album, I feel like I'm wandering around in a desolate, urban, city late at night, just walking and thinking. Yeah, that's pretty weird, I know, but the album does that to me. And I love every second of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is full of energy and flavor. It has driving guitars, drums, and bass, great vocal melodies, and synth parts which blend together to make something very solid and very powerful. The entire album easily paints an inspiring environment. I do not find the music on this album to be generic either, because the pictures this album paints for me are something definately fresh. Here's my rundown...

1.) "Versus" - Great opening song. Has a lot of energy and flavor. 5/5

2.) "Goodbyes" - Another fast paced song with cool snyths (this album has a lot of those). There's a lot of feeling in the vocals too. 5/5

3.) "Automatic Synthetic" - A little more of the same. Not as good as the first too, but a good song. 4/5

4.) "Paradise" - More feeling then the songs before it. Nice driving chorus. Still fast. 5/5

5.) "Songs of A Dead Poet" - Still fast. Great song. If you liked the tracks before it, you'll like this one too probably. 5/5

6.) "Little Child" - The album changes pace here. Slower electronica song. Very relaxing. 5/5

7.) "Sweet Devotion" - Perfect jumping beat on this one. The guitars are heavier on this one too. The bridge is crazy, with screaming and whatnot. You could say this song "rocks". 5/5

8.) "Easy Target" - Another change of pace, which is a good thing. Very catchy. Radio song? I hope so, this stuff is way better then screamo crap. 5/5

9.) "Questions and Answers" - Back to the speediness. Very catchy chorus. Yeah, you get it by now. 5/5

10.) "Delta" - Another slower song. Perhaps the highlight of the album. Cool stuff. 5/5

11.) "DWI" - Ends on a fast note. Nothing you haven't heard already on here, but it ends the album well. 5/5

Wow. Way cool album. I hope you buy it. CAUSE YOU SHOULD. Modern hard rock music done very well. It's got everything I need... vocal melodies, energy, and enough flavor to keep me coming back for more!
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