This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
This Portland modern-rock outfit took their name from a computer drive. I bet they even thought of all sorts of clever ways people could use the words “hard” and “drive” and “RAM” to describe their post-grunge alterna-metal.
They’d be right — the dozen tracks on this debut album pack all the power and speed of a Pentium chip. But here’s another bit of geek-speak they probably didn’t anticipate: Preformatted. Despite their power-surge dynamics and sonic wallop, Tincan Experiment’s songs are predictable and user-friendly, with all the distorto vocals, arena-rock crunch and high-tech production tricks of a million tattooed, pierced and oddly coiffed post-punk ensembles. My suggestion: Upgrade and fast or prepare to get trashed, boys.