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Old 01-05-2009, 07:16 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Contrasting views indeed. I just wasn't distracted by the core elements that much tbh. I'm sure all of us can safely say that without the horns, this would have been nothing. The surprise element definitely helped in boosting the score!
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:23 AM   #32 (permalink)
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The opening track The Ritalin Conspiracy to me sums up the entire album. A mix of hard edged Metal, Ska, found sounds and along with the extreme vocal technique and oddball time changes, it makes for a good opening song that is indicative of the future. Bird-watching And Vice Versa is seemingly standard Ska but just rips away that pretence within seconds. Corpse Disposal For Dummies. One has to impressed with the title of the track. Again we are treated to various stylistic changes that jump at the listener. "They Won't Stay in the Ground" the singer screams as we switch into hand clapping ska. Witty stuff. Fear Everything. I am unable to understand the singer at all and then he shocks us with clear and concise vocal that reminds one, for a moment, that he can sing with out growling. Is that criticism? No. Just a comment on style. The Great Red Cross Robbery follows with the same heady mix of Ska and Metal. Not a melodic track at all with even the horns playing off key at the end. If You Really Love Me is a favourite. Catchy horn lick and less hard edged singing (I think). The First Rule starts with the usual Metal sounds and approximately half way through heads into super ska beats and horns. Satin V The United States Of America. God-damn your soul to the fires of hell. He already has. Haa haa! Witty stuff. I think so anyway. World Of Chaos. Album of chaos morelike but I have been enjoying it. Is that a hint of eastern folk influenced Ska? Not for long. Bennett Bruar is a hard edged 1 minute bust that leads to the gentle Weaug, Teaug, Peaug (the powder of life). This is more reggae than ska. We finish with the delightfully named **** Piss Die. What a name for a song. Kinda sums it all up.
In conclusion I enjoyed this record. It was definitely a mix of styles that was very new to me. Initially I was sceptical that it was working but after several plays I began to enjoy the oddball mix. When extreme vocals are used I generally prefer the vocal technique employed by say the likes of Yamatsuka Eye but I have found that the vocals on this album became more palatable with each listen. I think there is in fact a sense of humour that seems to carry through the album and that drags it along to the end.

Well met Jackhammer. I am up for more to test my senses.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:33 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Glad you liked it and the disparate sounds hold together, only just but it's still a racuous listen when I'm in the mood. New album will be up within the next week.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:15 PM   #34 (permalink)
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The only redeeming factor of this is the horns. The screams are horrible and the guitar often falls into being cheesy. Bad bad album.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:40 PM   #35 (permalink)
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^though I won't go as far as to say that it's a bad album, I agree with you.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:20 PM   #36 (permalink)
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My friend is really going to like these guys. I can feel it.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:48 PM   #37 (permalink)
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New album up tomorrow, so any oustanding reviews-get them in please.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:59 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Next album is up:


Dreamy, acoustic, dual female/male vocal lead kooky atmospheric quality is your clue this time. Again PM if you need.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Late, but screw it.

the ritalin conspiracy: A little patchy at the transition, but other then that not half bad.

bird watching and vice-versa: Started out great, got bad, got better, got great, ended terribley.

corpse disposal for dummies: *covers ears*

fear everything: Really likedit, impressive horn use, loved the vocals, possibly the best song on the album.

The great red cross robbery: one of the better tracks on the album that seems to thrive off of the ska element.

if you really love me:nevermind what I said before,hands down the best track.

the first rule:Love it, becaue it sounded more like convential ska, the horns actually impressed, and seemed more then just background.

satan vs. the united states of america: a better The First Rule

World of chaos: just okay, was looking for something better after the intro

bennett brauer: good inerlude, that's it/

weaug, teaug peaug: Really impressive compared to the rest of the album, I will listen to this song again.

**** piss die: *again covers ears*

It was hit and miss, I may listen to a couple tracks again, but I'm sticking with Josh Ritter
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:35 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Has anybody listened to Mice Parade yet?
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