When I first started listening to this, I heard the screamy vocals, the dirty punky guitar riffs, and the aggressive music. And then I find out that Jared Warren, who is now in Melvins, was in this band from a suburb of Olympia, and I’m all, yeah, this is totally awesome, kinda reminds me of Moistboyz. And then a few songs in I’m thinking holy crap do these guys enjoy bass frequencies at all?
Wikipedia has them as a three-piece, so maybe there’s not even a bass in the band, though I think I can kind of hear it when I listen really closely on really good headphones. But it’s not just the lack of that instrument. It’s like everything on here comes through a mid-pass filter. Every sound is in the same upper-mid frequency range we use for human speech. All you hear from the drums is the snare and the initial hits of the cymbals. The vocals are just scream-talking at you. Which is kind of fine, but not for an entire album. This album is the definition of fatiguing.
It’s good in small doses, but I don’t ever need to listen to this from start to finish again. Not even as good as the sum of its parts.
- Bacon Industry – First impressions were that this was going to be totally awesome, I just needed to buckle up and enjoy the ride. Of course, after listening to the album a few times you realize it’s awesomeness is only initial-hit deep and you get the review you have here. God, such a great start, I hate to take this down to open, it just ends up not being a very dynamic song in the end.
- Forget The Minions – I think the Despicable Me movies could use this song. Would be awesome in those movies. Slow start. Too long, but the riffs are good throughout, so we’ll keep it full.
- Bastard Of Disguise – “Ding dong fucking with your head.” But that’s the best part. Sound is so ridiculously muffled here.
- Octoberfleshed – Goes way too long at the end. Or at least at the near-end, because with 0:40 left it goes into an awesome riff.
- D & D Fantasy –
- We Ate Sand – Slowin’ it down finally, and producing what is the best song on the album. A bit hard to mix due to a slow start, but I’m up to the challenge.
- Spelling Trouble – Awesome for the last 40 seconds or so, but completely unremarkable up until then.
- J Is For Genius – Has a great start and a great ending, but, like so much of the album, it’s just too much, this time in the middle.