Thrice – The Artist in the Ambulance

Songs :

1. Cold cash and colder hearts
2. Under a killing moon
3. All that’s left
4. Silhouette
5. Stare at the sun
6. Paper Tigers
7. Hoods on peregrine
8. The melting point of wax
9. Blood clots and black holes
10. The artist in the ambulance
11. The abolition of man
12. Don’t tell and we won’t ask

Island records has release the thrid thrice album. This unquire band with it’s punk metal signature sound got started in 1998 and has been working hard ever since. Teppei Teranishi’ guitar lead is awesome in the cd. Which adds to the magic of the drummer’s, Riley Breckenridge, handiwork. Dustin Kensrue has this soaring voice which really adds to the lyrics. Not to
mention the amazing job at bass, Eddie Breckenridge, has done. This cd is filled with amazing lyrics like « The Artist in the Ambulance », the cd’s title track. The lyrics were inspired by Al Burian’s book Bure Collecter.
That is not the only great song from this album . « Paper Tigers » has the greatest guitar lead and for the most heavist song they have done on this album, it has the coolest vocals. To get to know more about this cd, pick it up!

Appleseed Cast – Two Conversations

Track Listing :

1. Hello Dearest Love
2. Hanging Marionette
3. Ice Heavy Branches
4. Losing Touching Searching
5. Fight Song
6. Sinking
7. Page
8. Innocent Vigilant Ordinary
9. How Life Can Turn
10. Dream for Us

A little bit about them: The Appleseed Cast are formed by: Chris Crisci (vocals), Aaron Pillar (guitar), Louie Ruiz (drums) and Jason Wickersheim (bass, saxophone, piano). They have 5 full lenght albums since around 1995.

Ok Indie fans here we go. « Two Conversations » is the title of Appleseed Cast’s last work. It’s fantastic how much they can bring us so great albums each time. Some people thought Appleseed Cast were going to make something really out of the track after having success with Low Level Owl 1 and 2 but it’s absolutely not the way things became. This album as well as all Appleseed Cast are brilliant as much musically as lyrically. It’s absolutely useless to say more about them, you gotta check them out and figure everything out by yourself to notice they rock. If you like The Gloria Record, Death Cab For Cutie, American Football, Mineral, as well as previous Appleseed Cast albums, you can’t be wrong by buying this cd right away.

This album really deserves more than 10/10 but I’ll give it a BIG 10

EMERY – THE WEAKS END

TRACK LISTING :

1. Walls
2. Disguising Mistakes With Goodbyes
3. The Ponytail Parades
4. Untitled
5. Fractions
6. By All Accounts
7. As Your Voice Fades
8. Bloodless
9. Under Serious Attack
10. The Secret

First of all, for those who don’t know Emery, there is a biography at http://www.purevolume.com/Emery/bio. It’s a band formed by 6 members: Toby Morrell (Lead Vocal, Guitar), Devin Shelton (Guitar, vocal), Matt Carter (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals), Seth Studley (Drums), Joel Green (Bass), Josh Head (Keyboards).

Ok first of all, this band is pretty unique in its genre even if we can call it Emo, indie, emocore or any genre you wanna refer them too. They are drived by a great lead singer (Toby Morrell) and at some point, we could say his voice has some similarities with Stephen Christian from Anberlin. This album is definately one of the greatest I’ve ever listened to. All songs are kinda different and you got smoother songs as well as harder ones. In this album, you got great atmosphere created by the mix of all instruments (well I’d say the use of the instruments really makes it a masterpiece they way everything’s used to create the atmosphere). Ok, there aren’t much bands we can compare Emery but we could say it goes a lot between Mae (Destination: Beautiful) and Silverstein (When Broken Is Easily Fixed). Some smooth parts in the songs, some harder dependending on the emotion you can find in them. Personally, my favorite songs are « The Ponytail Parades », « Walls », « Disguising Mistakes with Goodbyes », « By All Accounts (Today Was A Disaster) », « Fractions », « Bloodless », « The Note From Which A Chord Is Built », « Under Serious Attack », « The Secret », « As Your Voice Fades »…. mmm damn didn’t I just name them all… doh! Well they are all great, you got harder songs like « Walls » and smoother ones like « The Secret » and all the song’s lyrics are really deep lyrically and contain much emotions.

This is the best CD I’ve heard so far that was released in 2004 so you’re not very late if you haven’t heard this CD. Oh and also, they are part of Tooth and Nail Records and did the Tooth and Nail Tour with great bands: Watashi Wa, Slow Coming Day, Me Without You and Anberlin. They really deserve to be heard so don’t miss out on the chance of listening to them and get their CD, they absolutely rock.

STRUNG OUT – EXILE IN OBLIVION

TRACK LISTING :

1. Analog
2. BluePrint of the Fall
3. Katatonia
4. Her Name In Blood
5. AngelDust
6. LuciferMotorCade
7. Vampires
8. No Voice of Mine
9. Anna Lee
10. Never Speak Again
11. Skeleton Danse
12. Scarlet
13. Swan Dive
14. The Misanthropic Principle

Analog
« You take the way you know, I’ll take the road unknown and meet you there at the end of times » .. Amazing opener. Not as great as Mission To Mars (Element of Sonic Defiance), but really nice. Great lyrics, great melody, nice breakdowns. Great, but not awesome. 7/10.

BluePrint of The Fall
« Imagine a Place Where freedom’s just a word on the wall surrounded by the wreckage of towers that could never fall ».. This is one of the most technical songs on this Album. The guitars are amazing though, from the intro to his crazy ending. Nice bassline too. Read the lyrics, they’re awesome. 9/10

Katatonia
« They Say I won’t Survive You » .. Katatonia, from the foreign word « Katatonic », which means state of schyzophrenia (spelling right ?probably not). This is one of my favorites. The verses starts slowly and then .. BANG .. The double bass drum kicks in and blows you away. « Cross My heart and Hope to Die .. Never leave this place alive » .. 9/10

Her Name In Blood
« Mother Mary bury me in a place they’ll never Find  » .. Another one of my favorites. Hardcore-ish like song, with bak to back breakdowns and nice guitar riffs. « GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY RIDE THIS BITCH TO HELL ». Gorgeous and tight. 9.5/10

AngelDust
Vampires sister it seems. The other slow song of the album. Better than Vampires for me. « In the darkest places .. love can grow » .. 7/10

LuciferMotorCade
« Burn the Flag of every nation state, flood the palace with the peoples hate » .. Hell Yeah ! An heavy one. The song with the most screaming parts, with a son of a bitch guitar solo .. It sounds like Slayer ! (By the way, Matt Hyde produced this album). No complex of complacency on that one ! 9/10

Vampires
Really slow song. The kind of songs that never hooks me. It’s great, but not of my favorites. Listen to it and then judge it ! 6.5/10

No Voice Of Mine
Fast, energic, crazy. Previously released on Rock Against Bush #1, so it’s nothing really new. I can’t get bored of that one. Really cool guitar riff from the beginning to the end. 8/10

Anna Lee
The worst song of the album. It’s SO catchy. « Anna Lee don’t you Cry For Me » .. You see ? Anyway. 5/10

Never Speak Again
Right after the lamest one of the album, you go through the most experimental one. « To Never have to speak again to never say your name again » .. The bridge with the bass guitar solo is .. I don’t know .. GORGEOUS ? Yeah. And after a short break .. BAM ! A brick right on your face. Nice outro, with Chris Aiken showing us his piano skills. 8/10 for me, but 150/10 for the experience.

Skeleton Danse
Nice song. I really love this song, but she’s not a « major fact » on the CD. She’s placed between Never Speak Again and Scarlet, which is nothing to make it starred .. Anyway, listen it, it’s great ! 8/10

Scarlet
Here we go. This is is the story of a HUGE bassline and a guitar solo that fits in SO perfectly. My favorite song these times, I’m just hooked on it since I have the CD. 10/10

Swan Dive
« The loneliest caged bird sings the saddest song » .. The next Bro Hymn. A tribute to Jim Cherry, their ex-bass guitar player. « And if you ask me what went wrong I’d tell you nobody is doing fine we’re all fucked up and doin’ time » .. This song makes me emo !!! No, seriously. This song is the most emotionally charged on the CD, and it’s still PunkRock ! The proof that you can show your emotions without having thight pants and XXX’s. This song deserves a 9.5/10 !

The Misanthropic Principle
The New MatchBook. They choosed the best song to end the record. « We All believe we have the right to make believe we know what’s right » .. This is such a nice song. Check out the mini guitar solo .. « Tell me what is worth dying for ?! » I’ll tell you. It’s worth dying for Exile In Oblivion. 9/10.

Overall, the best CD I’ve ever bought, and the best CD Strung Out have ever made. Go buy it, and NOW !

A STATIC LULLABY – FASO LATIDO

TRACK LISTING :

1. Overture
2. Smooth Modulator
3. Stand Up
4. Radio Flyer’s Last Journey
5. Cash Cowbell
6. Half-Man; Half-Shark Equals One Complete Gentlemen
7. Shotgun!
8. Calmer Than You Are
9. Faso Latido
10. God Bless You (God Damnit)
11. Marylin Monrobot
12.Modern Day Fire
13.The Jesus Haircut

Okay so here we go. First of all, I’ve been highly disappointed by the first listening I gave to this record. Why ? I’m a huge ASL fan from long times and even without being an Emo/Screamo/Whatever-you-call-it fan, I always loved the ASL music. Because ASL were still apart from the rest of the industry of fashion-faggot-posers musicians by putting out different stuff than any other band. With the release of Faso Latido, the guys from ASL has just made what I thought was going to happen; they just joined the mainstream class of Emo. Not that this record is bad or awful, cause it’s not at all. Just that the sound changed so much. Song by song, let’s see.

Overture
Yeah, it’s an overture.

Smooth Modulator
Hmmm. This song’s kinda great. It starts great. Unfortunately, the clean parts looks like some lame AlexisOnFire newer stuff .. with a nice melody I’d say. I enjoyed the mood of that song. The more you listen the more you love. 7/10.

Stand Up
Okay. That’s the tricky one .. ! I guess this song is the designed one to be the first single of the CD. I hate it, but I’m listening it on & on. This song is addictive. This is bad. Haha. Stand Up ! We’re falling back Again ! 8/10 for the addictiveness.

Radio Flyer’s Last Journey
Right On. This song is terrible. Probably my favorite. Heavy. Loud. Powerful. PunkRock. This is A Static Lullaby like I enjoy them. Totally crazy. 9.5/10.

Cash Cowbell
Pretty lame. looks like an improved Taking Back Sunday song, with the talent and the prestance. Anyway. A bit too cheesy for me. 6/10.

Half-Man; Half-Shark Equals One Complete Gentlemen
Excellent song. The title is so nice. The clean vocal parts are gorgeous. Not much to say about it. Just great. 7/10.

Shotgun !
Slow song. Really slow song. Excellent slow song. Really excellent slow song. 7.5/10

Calmer Than You Are
Not bad. lame at some moments, but overall it’s doing it. Calm song. Excellent ending. 7/10

Faso Latido
The song that represents the best this album. Calm, cheesy, but intense. Don’t really know what to say about it. 7.5/10

God Bless You (God Damnit)
Huh .. sorry .. I was sleeping. 4/10.

Marilyn Monrobot
Alright Pimp Daddy. This song is the shit. One of my Top 3 for this album. This song hooked me. Totally. Gorgeous. 8/10

Modern Day Fire
Great. Fits in. Makes the job. Once again, it’s all about the mood. 6.5/10

The Jesus Haircut
Excellent end to a CD like this one. It kinda retraces all the moods of the CD, putting in an excellent song. Somewhere through the ending it sounds like a song from the latest AFI release, that’s actually funny. All along the listening of this CD, you can exactly say what these dudes were listening when they wrote the songs. 7/10.

So, uh. Where’s the screamer ? This is what I thought after some listenings. It’s just too bad. This guy is the central nerve of this band. What made …And don’t Forget To Breathe a so good record was that the mixing of scream and clean vocal parts was perfect. In this record, screaming is always backwards, hidden somewhere in the closet. Okay, their clean parts are great too, I know, but too much is like not having enough heh. Plus, they replaced their hardcore-ish breakdowns and songs by moods and atmospheres, which is not too much what I love. Honestly, I can compare ASL with AlexisOnFire. Masters at the first release, messing up the second by wanting too much. The best thing would have been to keep up the recipe that made them so special to me.

ALKALINE TRIO – CRIMSON

TRACK LISTING :

1. Time To Waste
2. The Poison
3. Burn
4. Mercy Me
5. Dethbed
6. Settle For Satin
7. Sadie
8. Fall Victim
9. I Was A Prayer
10. Prevent This Tragedy
11. Back to Hell
12. Your Neck
13. Smoke

Okay, first, this is an Alkaline Trio CD. So this CD still sounds like the Trio always sounded; a bit poppy and cheesy punkrock, with great lyrics and nice melodies. This is an excellent CD I have to say, even if it’s not really what I was waiting for .. Just like too many other bands, they felt to the darkside of the lights and this CD is much more melancholic and dark than their previous releases, but keeping their cheesy style, that’s doing a great mix overall anyway !

Time To Waste
This is the first single off from the album. This is such a great song. The piano notes kinda reminds me of something I already know, but I can’t name it .. Anyway. Nice drumming job, great intensity. Not their best single ever, but it’s still great ! « Eyes roll back turn white in time to feed, they salivate in hunger. For you and everything they need to make a death complete. » You know what I meant when I said « darker » ? My note : 7.5/10

The Poison
One of my favorites. The guitar riff is simply nice. I just love the way Dan makes the Alkaline Trio songs sound better. The melody in this song is crazy. The chorus is highly addictive. Really poppy, it reminds me of some old Rock n’ Roll sometimes .. Damn great. My note : 9/10

Burn
Slow song. Really slow. Not much to say about it, it fills the album I’d say. This song is really missing something I can’t identify .. Ah yeah .. Power. Anyway. 6.5/10

Mercy Me
Another really poppy song. I love. The thing that makes Alkaline Trio so good to me is the way they put out poppy songs that sounds fuckin’ great. « Oh, mercy me. God bless catastrophe! ». This song really got the hook. 8/10

Dethbed
The first verse sounds like an old Disco record, then it turns to sort of a classic Emo pre-chorus, and the chorus bring us back to Pop-PunkRock. This song is kind of a great mix, that’s great. The chorus melody is really great too. 7/10

Settle for Satin
Boah. Great, not awesome. Fits in. 6.6/10

Sadie
The most boring thing I’ve ever been allowed to hear, after Taking Back Sunday, for sure. This song is lame. 4/10.

Fall Victim
Fortunately, this song kick Sadie’s butt away and bring us back to our main interest; PunkRock. This song is another really cheesy one, but it still sounds great. Maybe a little bit too slow, but you get used to it. 6.5/10

I Was A Prayer
Another one of my favorites. Lyrics are awesome. Everytime Dan »s singing, I can’t stand remaining silent. I’d like to know the lyrics and sing along like a dumb everywhere in the house.The chorus is gorgeous. « I’m out the door with apathy but I’m coming home with sympathy ». Damn great. 9/10

Prevent This Tragedy
First of all : Violins and PunkRock doesn’t fit together. It just sucks. The chorus is really really sounding like « We’ve Had Enough » from their previous album. But anyway, the violin’s intro made me puke and I missed the rest of the song, sorry ! Nice song though. 7/10

Back to Hell
This is MY song. Fast, intense, heavy rock title. Far the best of the album to me, even if The Poison is such a kick ass song ! 9/10

Your Neck
Not much to say about this one. Another blank filler ? That’s good, but that’s it. 6.5/10

Smoke
Monumental closer !!! This is awesome. Crazy synth job ! Sounds like an old classic rock you can’t get out of your head. Excellent closer, as I said. 8/10

So, uh. The thing with the Trio is that all the songs kinda sound the same. Matt Skiba’s songs are getting lame with time, it’s sad. This CD is kinda splitted in two parts; Alkaline Trio Old & New .. You have some songs that are genius and some other are simply lame as a lot of Punk bands are tending to. I heard a lot of influences from the 80’s and the 90’s with Synth in « Smoke » or the melody of « The Poison », which is great. You see they worked hard on this album, maybe too hard I’d say. Actually, I feel the same way for Crimson that how I felt for Faso Latido (A Static Lullaby); such a great record, great musical improvement and good work on the voices, but this is not what I was waiting from these guys. You see ? Interesting fact : There’s some video footage of the recording of the album on the CD, as an enhanced CD, that’s kinda cool.

NO USE FOR A NAME – KEEP THEM CONFUSED

TRACK LISTING :

1. Part Two
2. There Will be Revenge
3. For Fiona
4. Check For A Pulse
5. Divine LetDown
6. Black Box
7. Bullets
8. Falling is Easier (Part Three)
9. Apparition
10. It’s Tragic
11. Killing Time
12. Slowly Fading Fast
13. Overdue

Okay, first of all. For the one’s waiting for something like  »More Betterness »,  »Making Friends » or  »Hard Rock Bottom », stop dreaming, it isn’t. Their 7th full length release,  »Keep Them Confused » is some kind of a continuity of their decline. And they still fall lower and lower in the harming hands of Emo-Poppy PunkRock, with catchy riffs and cheesy lyrics. As usual, Tony Sly comes up with simple and sing-along songs, denuded of originality, complexity, it’s complacency at it’s finest expression. This CD is W-E-A-K, except for maybe one or two songs that aren’t that bad.

Part Two
Probably the only song that can fit as the opener. It starts kinda directly, no intro with lame sound effects or whatever, this is a great song. The guitar riff is okay, as the CD starts, we already know what we’re about to go through; another No Use For A Name CD.

There Will be Revenge
No power, no attractiveness. The chorus sounds a lot like an Ataris song, the vocal mixing sounds a lot like Chris Roe(The Ataris singer) in the choruses. This is lame.

For Fiona
The first single off the CD, dammit. The PunkRock Scene is on a jog through hell I tell you. Where is this gonna stop ? Anyway. This song is boring, period. That’s so cheesy ! I guess my little sister will probably love this song a lot, but I can’t stand listening it.

Check For A Pulse
The intro is lame, but when the song starts, we discover the fastest drum line of the CD, which is encouraging, regarding that we’re only at the 4th track. This song sounds like some old stuff, and there’s a line, somewhere in the verse, that sounds EXACTLY like the line  »You’ll never see the child, that was forced to be a man » (Why Doesn’t Anybody Like Me?) .. Anyway.

Divine LetDown
Drum synth intro, announcing .. an 1:41 minutes acoustic song! Fuck yeah ! Thanks ! They curtained the suffering.

Black Box
That kind of song I will not go too far in my ideas, cause there’s nothing to say about it, cause everything have been already said for the other songs. (I mean that it sounds the same.) The chorus is DANGEROUSLY cheezy, Kraft Dinner looks like a fish plate compared to that.

Bullets
The  »Check For A Pulse » twin, with the exact same drum line, or almost. Then it goes this way again and again  »ti ta ti ta ti ta ti ta ti ta ti ta ».

Falling is Easier (Part Three)
What’s the deal when you have a Part Two, a Part Three, but no Part One ? Oh, it’s some kind of an interlude !!! Totally useless.

Apparition
ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzzzzzZZZzzZZzz.

It’s Tragic
This song is great. The guitar riff is kinda cool I guess.But as usual, the verse destroys the song. This song without verses could be fuckin’ rad actually.

Killing Time
Oh ! A  »Making Friends » revival !! Powerful chorus with nice verses, the best song of the CD I think. A fuckin’ great sing along song, I love it.

Slowly Fading Fast
Back to hell, our Emo PunkRockers bring us to another step lower with that lame poppy song. 4 Chords is more than enough to make little girls cry I guess. With the Hawthorne Height’s-likeish back vocals on the chorus, that’s funny.

Overdue
Because a closer song must be a huge sing along and a cheese macaroni anthem, there you go my friends ! (?w!t?f!) Let’s sing !!!

Okay. Now you’re settled, you can try listening this CD, but be careful, it may be hazardous to your life .. Or your hapiness state. Overall, it’s still a NUFAN CD. I actually don’t know how the die-hard NUFAN fan’s feel about this release, but all I know, is that I almost fell asleep while trying to find some PunkRock into this PunkRock band record. Maybe my little sister should know more than me how to appreciate, but it’s not doing it for me, at all. This is actually an honest insult to their fans. So here I go with my final overall note:

PENNYWISE – THE FUSE

TRACK LISTING :

1- Knocked Down
2- Yell Out
3- Competition Song
4- Take A Look Around
5- Closer
6- 6th Avenue NightMare
7- The Kids
8- Fox TV
9- Stand Up
10- Dying
11- Disconnect
12- Premeditated Murder
13- Best I Can
14- 18 Soldiers
15- Lies

First of all,  »The Fuse » isn’t released yet, so here’s probably the first complete review of this CD ever written ! With their 8th full-length, the guys are for sure not reinventing PunkRock, but who’ll be surprised ? Actually, Pennywise is probably the band that sticked the most to his style over the years (they founded PW in 1988), which is maybe not the best thing, except for their die-hard fans. Let’s talk about the new stuff now. This new CD is such a great record I’d say. Nothing really new for sure, but it’s way better than  »Ashes » (2003) and approximately as good as  »Land of the Free » (2001) in my opinion. As usual, there’s some great songs, and some weak songs, but the PW guys get us used to that over the years anyway.

Knocked Down
This song is kinda great as an opener for this album. This song sounds more like the  »new years » Pennywise sound; half-speed, half-power, not too much technical guitar work, but this song’s still great anyway. The bridge sucks I have to say .. You will probably, just like me, get tired of the line  »When will you fall? » as long as the song never seems to end !

Yell Out
Ho, now we got something really cool. That sounds like their old stuff; faster, better. This is the return of the  »Woo-ho-ho-hoo’s », which is great. Fast and palm-muted verses like we love them, a sing-along chorus, fuck yeah, I love this one.

Competition Song
Another great song. Not as good as  »Yell Out », but it’s easy to listen I’d say. Not too fast, not too slow .. But there’s a lot of better stuff on this album.  »We compete until we die, even though we don’t know why » , that’s funny I’d say.

Take A Look Around
First time I listened to that song, I was schocked. That’s fuckin’ great. But as I listened to it over and over, I realised why. I’m a huge Voodoo Glow Skulls fan, and the verse is exactly (or almost) the same as  »Give Me Someone I can Trust » (Steady as She Goes, 2003). But this is a great song anyway, except the chorus, where the voice seems a little bit off-sound, just like the voice note doesn’t fit in with the music, but it’s probably meant to be this way. Great song.

Closer
Not much to say about this song. Another PW  »freedom-related » song, a bit too slow for me, but everything’s always too slow to me. This song’s much a filler than anything else.

6th Avenue NightMare
The biggest problem I found with this album is that the choruses are often a bit weak compared to the rest of the song. That’s the proof here. The verse is fast with a huge punkrock drum line, and then you go through the chorus and the song goes down. This is not a  »problem » or a  »lack » or whatever, I just don’t love that. Really nice Old-School guitar solo, nice job Fletcher !

The Kids
Probably the worst song in my opinion. Except the guitar work is really nice and fits in perfectly. But I hate PW’s slow songs. PW is meant to be fast and aggressive, this is street-punk baby ! The chorus is pathetic ..

Fox TV
Fuck Yeah!. On my Top 3, this song rocks. The intro is really nice. The drum line is tight and fits in quite well. Not as fast as my usually favorites PW’s songs, but I live the mood of the song. And once again, good job Fletcher !

Stand Up
Great intro. The verses are kinda special, I love them. It’s slow, and  »darkish », and then you get the pre-chorus, WAY faster and really nice. I love the back vocals all along the song, nice work!

Dying
The only song with a technical bass guitar line, that’s kinda cool. It’s just too bad the song isn’t that good. It’s not bad, but it could have been way better with a bit more speed and more guitars.

Disconnect
Oh yeah. Fast verse, nice chorus with a huge sing along melody, I love that song. On my top 3.

Premeditated Murder
Great song too. A song about the mass-destruction weapons. The chorus gets annoying when you listen to the song a couple of times. I don’t like a lot the two-worded choruses, but anyway.

Best I Can
THE best song on the CD. The intro is hard as a rock, the guitar work is HUGE. Then the verse is fast, as we love them to be, with palm-muted guitar power chords (as usual heh), and then the chorus kicks in at a speed high enough to keep the mood of the song; Skate-Punk at it’s finest.  »Cause I’m doing the best I can, to find out a master-plaaaaan ». Oh yeah. This song is on my favorites list of all PW songs over the years. (?w!t?f!) Let’s sing !!!

18 Soldiers
Another filler, except that it’s a great filler. The chorus melody is pretty good. Funny guitar riff. But as every songs about war are tending to be kinda lame, this song does too. (?w!t?f!) Let’s sing !!!

Lies
Slow. Slow. Slow closer. I don’t know why so much albums lately have a lame and slow closer. I mean, as a closer, I want something powerful as an opener, to let me go with a better impression .. Anyway. For the dance-hall slow dancers, let’s light up the candles and dance !

Overall, I have to say that this CD is pretty great. Not as good as their first releases when Jason Thirsk was doing bass guitar (before he died heh), but you can put this CD on and let it play and it flows really great. The guitar work is constant all along the CD, Fletcher is not a famous guitarist or whatever, but his work fits in perfectly with the PW style and he kinda gets his own style, so thumbs up to Fletcher that sticked up making us skating all over the years. Nice drum work too, just like Fletcher, Byron isn’t a famous drummer either, but his work does it. As usual, the Jim Lindberg’s monochrome voice tends to be annoying, because it always sounds the same, but that’s the PW trademark heh.  »Best I Can » is for sure the best song on this CD, just this song worths the cost of buying the CD, this song is awesome. So, for a PW record, that is really great overall, considering that PW will probably never change, that their style kinda get over used with the years, but they still put out some excellent songs, even if the  »mid-quality » songs ratio tends to raise, this CD deserves :.

DAZE – ENERGY

TRACK LISTING :

1 – My Favorite Sound
2 – Melody Flow
3 – Mary 2
4 – Save Me
5 – Energy

Straight from the good old NYC, Daze is another of my great discovers so far this year. Pure hazard sometimes makes life better. Strange story – happy ending. While Fred and I were waiting in the parking lot for the Warped Tour to begin, two guys hooked us, wanting us to listen to their CD. So we talked a lil’ bit about Pirate Handshakes, and we finally listened their record. First time I was like « Dammit, another stupid Emo band .. that sucks ! » .. Then the guy stopped it and opened his player .. « Oh, that wasn’t our CD! » ..Anyway. I pretty much loved it at the first time, so I promised I’ll be reviewing it on the website. So here I am. (By the Way, the display image of the CD art cover isn’t the CD I’m reviewing here, it’s « Fresh Red », their full length, and it rocks too.)

I wish I knew them before, this CD is pretty good. Brilliantly blending Rock n’ Roll and PunkRock into catchy and enjoyable melodies, this record is really great. The 3 guys have a really great musicianship I have to say. The music doesn’t sound like anything else, which is kinda awesome nowadays. Actually, trios are tending to get out of new ideas, of new riffs, but Daze isn’t a part of « those » trios. I love the voice melodies a lot. That’s cool to hear something new in 2005, cause actually this year is sort of a 2004 revival I have to say. These guys are born to rock. Don’t be shy, if you see their name on a flyer or see one of their records, try them !

Go to their MySpace or PureVolume page to hear their cool stuff, and make sure to visit their website and sign their guestbook !!

A WILHELM SCREAM – RUINER

TRACK LISTING :

1. The King Is Dead
2. Killing It
3. The Pool
4. The Soft Sell
5. God Loves A Liar
6. In Vino Veritas II
7. Me Vs. Morrissey In The Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)
8. Congratulations
9. The Kids Can Eat A Bag Of Dicks
10. When I Was Alive: Walden III
11. Mercy Day For Mr. Vengeance
12. Less Bright Eyes, More Deicide
13. Speed Of Dark
14. Cancer Dream

The second A Wilhelm Scream’s release, Ruiner, needs to be a statement. They are the future of PunkRock, as Belvedere died lately. Amongst the wreckage of the scene that actual bands have settled by selling out or by disappearing survives A Wilhelm Scream, all alone in their little world. From the old days when they were called Smackin’ Isaiah, to now, they still rock .. differently .. but they still. I was really nervous when Belvedere died to see what AWS were going to put out, cause actually they’re the only two « new » bands I can see as future punk ambassadors.

The King Is Dead
Okay. First important point: The opener. This one is great, but not as much as Mute Print used to be on the last album. For some reason, The King Is Dead sounds more like noise to me .. The intro is a bit too long and repetitive, and then .. The songs kicks in but even after lots of listenings it’s still not growing on me.

Killing It
Apparently the first single, this is an awesome song. The guitar work is simply magic. The chorus, with the « KILLING IT ! KILLING IT! » part is gorgeous. This song is better than a lot of their older stuff I used to cherish over the years, thumbs up.

The Pool
D’uh. This is what sometimes makes me uncertain about my feelings for this band. Sometimes the guitar parts mixed with the Nuno’s vocals are sounding so lame and lacks of power it’s terrible. For some reason, even if it’s fast, technical and melodic, this song isn’t doing it for me at all.

The Soft Sell
A punch right in your face, it starts pretty heavy, but then it goes slower and the song kinda loses his charms. You don’t expect a song that starts that hard to become soooo mellow and quiet .. Anyway. This is an excellent slow song, but you all know I don’t really like slow songs.

God Loves A Liar
Not much to say here. An average song. Maybe for a B-Side, but actually they can do a lot better.

In Vino Veritas II
Probably the worst song they will ever do in their career. Sounds like a crappy Emo band trying too hard to be cute .. Sometimes I wonder if this song’s not just a joke or something, cause it’s too awful to be A Wilhelm Scream.

Me Vs. Morrissey In The Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)
What a pleasure to get back into AWS’s world, filled with speed and rock n’ roll. This song is pretty good, but once again, I’m feeling like I’m listening to Mute Print at some times in the song ..

Congratulations
Another average song. There’s really something missing throughout this CD. All along you feel like « It’s great » but the more you listen, the more you’re like « It’s great, but not that much ».

The Kids Can Eat A Bag Of Dick
Fuck yeah. That’s the kind of songs I like. This one is pretty great. The vocals in the verses are awesome, and the sort of chorus is nice too. Too much back vocals ..

When I Was Alive: Walden III
Averageness is the limit on this CD, the peak to reach; the half of their greatness. This song is another sample of that. Half-Power, Half-Aggressivity, Half-Anger, Half-Fulfilled reviewer and die-hard fan.

Mercy Day For Mr. Vengeance
The In Vino Veritas II’s twin. Slow and lame.

Less Bright Eyes, More Deicide
Ah, this one’s better, at least !! I pretty much enjoy the intro riff, and the continuity of it into the verse, and the way it flows through the chorus with the « I’m losing it .. I’m losing it » parts. I’d give a 7 out of 10 to this one.

Speed of Dark
That’s another pretty rad song, but what’s the point of having two guitarists and make them play the same thing at same time all along the CD ? I mean, they play like an octave lower and higher, but it’s still the same riff through all the album, it’s becoming annoying I have to say.
Cancer Dream
Hmmmmm … Another guitar riff as an intro, another song sounding the same as the other ones, another deception.

Dammit. I’m so sad about what I said. I wish I could have said that this record is the best 2005 release and that the band made it better than Mute Print and stuff .. But I can’t say it’s worst or better, cause it’s simply the same thing. I explain. First; let’s talk about guitars. Okay, two excellent guitarists, playing pretty cool riffs, but sometimes it’s just too much it’s getting lame. Plus they always play the same riff, it’s just like too much peanut butter on your toasts, it sticks in the throat. Second; it looks like they have already exploited all their ressources as a band. Their melodies and harmonies are all having something related to other ones, just like there’s only one track on the CD. So, uh, for the fans, this is not a bad CD, I actually love to listen to it while I’m doing something else or just driving, but if you want to really get into their music, try Mute Print it’s a lot better. It’s just too bad cause the CD starts so great with Killing It that rocks my whole world everyday, but as the CD plays, I always lose interest and finally put back something else. But don’t get me wrong, this is not a « bad » record. I actually thought they were going to release something « better » than Mute Print, but actually every fan I spoke with were amazed by the CD, so I guess maybe I have too much expectations .. But anyway, listen to the CD and see !!