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- Jaw (2003, EP) 5 song EP.
First off, music wise, this is basically hardcore with some cleaner
vocals every once in awhile (but more on the vocals later). Production
wise, this is fine stuff, a very strong guitar tone with good scooped
sound, only ever so slightly muffled, everything else is clear. Song
wise, the faster parts remind me of the groove that someone like Coal
Chamber puts down, then some more melodic parts to keep it varied
(Skinlab would be a good comparison here). The band certain can write a
decent riff and write a good catchy song. Really my only critique lies
with the vocals, the hardcore screamed stuff is very, very good, but
all too often there are these sung vocals which I just can't get into.
They're sorta whiny, offkey and unintelligable and I don't feel they
add much to the atmosphere of the songs. Otherwise, good stuff, fans of
Skinlab and the like would do well to take a peak.
- Doom (2005, EP) Job For A Cowboy may
have a metal-core name, but the band's music has almost more in common
with death metal. The songs are very chaotic, jumping from fast
blasting to slower groovy parts to super slow chunky bits. Vocals are
all over the map, from screams to midrange growls to super low gargles
stuff (and a few eviscerated pig noises). And plenty of excellent
drumming and strong riffing from the guitars. If you remember the band
Scar Culture, this group is quite similar in a lot of ways (with just a
tad of The Black Dahlia Murders added in). My only real complaint is
that they should work a bit more on song structure, after a few
listens, none of the songs stand out as being specifically memorable.
This music is very vicious, well produced and angry, but they may want
to temper the craziness with just a tad more coherency, so each song
can have something to make it distinct. Otherwise, they do a great job.
(2007) First major label release for the band. This surprisingly short
album (about 30min) builds on the style off their EP, but brings that
coherency that I felt was missing. The songs on this album are far more
distinct. And the flow of the album is vastly improved thanks to two
atmospheric interlude songs that serve as audio landmarks, as well as
provide some much needed variety. Short, sweet and to the point, this
brutal sounding album is full of super speed, complex and crazy
drumming, technical guitar work and some seriously pissed off vocals. A
really excellent album, even if it's over way too fast, but leave the
audience wanting more, right?
(2009) More of the same style generally. The debut still wins out
though, mostly due to the fact this album lacks interludes, so the
album blends together a bit too much. My favorite song on the album is
track 5, 'March To Global Enslavement', which is a mid paced song
pretty much all the way through. While some of the other songs are just
a little too chaotic, this song sets up a mood and keeps it moving
throughout the entire course of the music. I also don't find the songs
on this album quite as catchy, you'll need many more listens before
riffs start coming out at you and sticking in your brain. In some ways
that's the curse of deathcore, it sounds awesome while you're listening
to it, but once it's over you have trouble remembering anything you've
just heard. Anyways, overall this is a worthy follow-up, just a few
nits that I'd like to see addressed next time around.
(2011, EP) The band started with "Doom", and now 6 years later hit us
with "Gloom". Four song EP that's ok, but nothing really special. The
opening track 'Misery Reformatory' is definitely the best, with a nice
main riff that plays with variations throughout the song. The other 3
songs are ok, but aren't as instantly catchy or memorable. Hopefully
their next full length will have stronger material.
(2012) Pretty similar to "Ruination". In fact, if you mix up the songs
between the two albums in itunes, it's actually pretty difficult to
tell which song belongs where (so identical production as well).
Overall though, I feel these songs are just a tiny bit faster, more
intense, and memorable. I had hoped for a few slower songs, but for the
most part it's all break-neck speed. It does slow down for the final
song on the album, which I dig, it has some nice bent low notes and
good squawks. Same strong points as "Ruination", same weak points, but
overall fans of the band will be pleased I'm sure.
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- Finger It Out (2001) If you
the band Subversion from the HDR compilation "Grrrr", this stuff sorta
has the same vibe. Angry thrash with Devin Townsend producing, big
with extra reverb. Gene is also on drums, and Patrick Beaudoin on
bass and vocals. Vocalwise, low to mid range growling with again, tons
of reverb. Plenty of chunky riffs to mosh to in this one, if you like
heavy and fast, check it out.