Penance Soiree is the second full-length album released by Los Angeles band The Icarus Line. It was one of 2004's most critically acclaimed releases, and its reputation has subsequently earned praise in various publications, including the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Due to infighting with the band's U.S. division of their record label at the time, V2 Records, the album, which was recorded in early 2003, was not released until May 2, 2004. Disagreements and aggravations on the band's end stemmed from the label's general lack of interest and support, a nearly non-existent promotional campaign for the album, and the group's control over its artwork. The U.S. division of the record label did not invest in even one advertisement for the release, and also made the band pay for the production of their music videos out of their own pocket. The album was produced by Michael Musmanno, and then mixed by Alan Moulder. Moulder also contributed some last minute recording and engineering to the album, while mixing it in London with Aaron North and Joe Cardamone at Eden Studios in west London. The song "On the Lash" was also re-mixed for the album's inclusion by Ken Andrews, due to the band being unhappy with the original mix after returning home. The album was mastered by Howie Weinberg in New York City. This was the last album by The Icarus Line that featured guitarist Aaron North.Wikipedia
Noise, a lot of very similar noise. I liked maybe the one song but the album is very repetitive and discordant.
Somehow manages to be both headache inducing and boring
The album is just kind of a lot of noise. It sounds like any other garage rock / 2000's White Stripes copy. Unfortunately, this album doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table. It's weird that anyone would put this on a list of quintessential albums.
I did not expect to enjoy this as much, a seamless intersection of garage rock, alternative rock and post-hardcore with a garnish of noise.
The filthy bass sound had me right From the start. I listened on iphone speakers, so the tinny vocals and guitar fuzz got a bit old by the end. It was also quite repetitive by the end. A good album though and will definitely be listening again soon
Thrashy but good, very heavy and angry bass in each song
Really enjoyed it, didn't expect some of trumpet and piano riffs
4.5. Really blew me away. Wasn't expecting much but this album was great
This has aged very well for the 2004 Hot Topic scene.
Very noisy, but solid tunes in there somewhere too. Clear influence on royal blood and the white stripes, hints of the strokes, queens of the stone age, and plenty of grunge. Not one of the best 1001 albums, but an interesting one I would never otherwise have heard
I reviewed music for Buddyhead just before they signed The Icarus Line. (None of my online write-ups survived over the past 20 years, I looked). Travis was an intense dude and poured everything he had into Buddyhead. He rejected substantial offers to maintain legitimacy and be able to write whatever the hell he wanted to. He carved out and occupied a special space in the LA / Hollywood music scene. I listened to this Penance Soiree back when it was new. On a fleeting superficial level, I thought there was something to like contained in the album. For example, the way that the first song starts (Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers) is great, the distortion and long pauses open to heavy bass-y basics against a subdued tempo and decent vocals. Spike Island retains a little bit of this but as the album progresses, it sounds kind of like a self-absorbed Soundgarden / Chris Cornell revival. I hated Soundgarden and the album was forgettable. Reading up on TIL, I found out that Mark Trombino, of Drive Live Jehu (and a bunch of other productions) was set to produce an album, but dropped out for some reason. DLJs Yank Crime still stands as one of my favorite albums of all time and I listened to it again with new ears. And today, some of makes me think of The Dirty Nil, who I really like. They've got great energy and power, but even still, there's just not enough that is interesting to continue listening. Great memories, meh music.
Felt really repetitive.
why in the world is this on this list? totally dated. i'm sure NME claimed this band was Here to Save Rock and Roll at some point. spare me.
Better than I expected but not as good as it could have been.
Messy, sprawling, meandering. There's a good album in here somewhere but it's buried underneath a band that feels like it's not sure what it's trying to be.
It just feels loud and brash for the sake of being loud and brash. It lacks spirit or soul, or an intelligent spark, behind the chaos. The internet tells me they are post-hardcore. Though it seems that genre is pretty broad. And filled with bands I like better. (And some I don't.) Naming themselves The Icarus Line feels like it wound up being ironic. Maybe they were worried about flying too close to the sun, but in truth they never really approached that line, stalling out on their journey to rock fame and the bright lights. (https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/the-icarus-line-must-die-shows-the-dark-purgatory-of-a-cult-rock-band-that-never-gave-up/)
Ick. I’d say forgettable but I remembered feeling pleased when the album ended.
Very cool noise rock. Worth a listen.
4.5/5. Right up my mf alley. Bruh it’s got NiN AND Ink + Dagger members. Post hardcore rules
Never heard them before but really liked it. Will give this band further listens in the future.
This band reminded me of an amalgamation of a bunch if different bands. This album was very good, I really enjoyed it!
this was actually dope, I liked the energy and the tone of vocals. reminded me of a more melodic dfa 1979
This is pretty much exactly what I want rock music to sound like
I like the vocals and more downtempo tracks a lot. A little bogged down by the noisy stuff.
Ik kende dit niet maar wat ik ervan mee heb gekregen op YouTube klonk toch wel erg tof! Irritant dat het niet op Spotify te vinden is want ik zou dit nog wel eens in goede kwaliteit willen horen.
Dit bleek dus echt een pareltje te zijn. Helaas niet op spotify, maar ik ga hier zeker meer van luisteren.
surprisingly good , punky and shouty. will listen to more of their stuff
really appreciated this album. nice. punchy. punky. low-fi. goodness.
In general, I’m not a fan of noise rock, but this wasn’t bad! Garage rock? Liked the vocals and catchy riffs. 4
Never heard of these guys before but they did great guitary post-rock
This was pretty cool. Never heard of this band before and I'm really glad they were on this list. Not sure if they'd make my list of top 1001 albums, but was glad to be introduced to an interesting sound.
Fun dark alternative rock.
Vocals are reminiscent of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed with jangly guitars. Songs feel at once modern and from another time. 4/5 stars
I had my doubts in the beginning but i ended up reallly enjoying this album!
Noise/garage rock the brings up tastes of Black Flag and Iggy. Hooky, noise and all around enjoyable.
Angst factor 11 and rising. This is ultimate screamo from a band that can play. A whole album becomes repetitive. Will still listen again, however.
Rock garaje alternativa. Interesante
I'd never heard of this band before, but was pleasantly surprised - in turns grungy, rock, metal, melodic, noisy... I could really see myself finding more and more to like about this album if I give it a few more listens.
Had never heard of this group but this was a great listen. May relisten to decide whether to add to the usual rotation.
I've always wondered how did punk evolved into post-punk. Now, I know. This 2000's garage rock bit topped with layers of noise seems to answer my questions. It's harsh and angsty, like punk, and wooshy, like post-punk. Too much noise and too loud, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Loved it. Super dark and gritty. Never heard of this band before!
This isn’t bad at all… heard their name but never knowingly heard their music. Enjoyed it!
These are the albums that make this whole project worth it for me - had never heard of this band before, but love this absolutely thrashing, nasty, guitar-whirlwind of an LP. The runtime may be a bit long for how many melodic ideas it has to offer, but what it lacks in creativity this album more than makes up for in energy. While it has a solid blues-rock basis, there are a few left-turn zigzags into weird chords or rhythms that keep the listener on their toes and make this an exciting trainwreck-in-motion of a listen.
Another first. Good times. The sort of rock I used to love but don't listen to anymore.
It grew on me as I listened. Brings me back to high school for sure.
Gave me White Stripes vibes. I actually enjoyed quite a bit considering it was so random and unknown. 4.5
This was something a bit more up my alley! I quite liked this mix of alternative and garage rock with some noise mixed in, though some of the noisier tracks were a bit difficult to listen to at parts. Favourite: Kiss Like Lizards
Goddamn, I was completely blown away by this! At the beginning of my first listen, I had to get a bit into it, but when 'On The Lash' came on, it was like the combination of brutality and catchiness clicked with me. On 'Spike Island' Joe Cardamone's desperate but lazy vocals is easily compared to fellow rock-revivor Julian Casablancas. And what an insanely great sound on the bass and guitar! The brutality seeps through the record - on the vicious 'Kiss Like Lizards' or on 'Getting Bright at Night' where an intense cacophony explodes into energetic riffs. On top of that you have innovative changes in dynamics on the post-punky 'Big Sleep' as well as a jazz-inspired polyrhythmic sequence on 'White Devil'. The record truly keeps you on your toes. Industrial of course also makes a guest appearance on 'Meatmaker' (a 00's fad that I am not a fan of), and psychedelia is given a whirl as well on 'Sea Sick' (this I approve of). But then... For some inexplicable reason, they decided to end the album with 'Party the Baby Off'. What an insufferable, empty-headed tune sounding like it belongs on an Aerosmith album - and not one of the tolerable ones. So much fun. So disappointed. What a rollercoaster.
Dig the distortion
Don't love the vocalist but they sure can rock out. Standout Tracks: Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, Kiss Like Lizards, Seasick
Not bad. Solid 3
Ruthlessly heavy a lot of feedback and distortion not really my thing
Decent but not really for me
was ok, good compared to the others and kinda fun or whatever but really noisy and annoying too
pretty rad. QOTSA vibes
Oh man. This takes me back to the early days of the oughts and checking Buddyhead every day. Never thought this band was as good as they thought they were, but I appreciate the effort. I dig “Caviar.” The song. Never had the food, cause I ain’t Richie goddamn Rich.
Objectively is seems like a good album, but not really my genre.
Un rock assez dejante. Pas pour tout le monde ou pour une journee calme a hidden. Ahah mais pour un lundi matin de travail, ca feveil et c’est bien fait. 3.75
Didn't listen. Couldn't find album.
This was interesting album. Felt a little samey after a while. Also, I'm not sure I would classify it as post hardcore like Wikipedia does, but maybe.
Fun messy punk. A bit of Stooges and Strokes in them.
Pretty decent I guess. Nothing too special but was very grungy, also vocal style kinda reminded me of Strokes for some reason.
Wasn't feeling the first half of this album but the second half really picked up and got crazy. Not a bad record.
I thought I wouldn't like this album when it first started to play. It reminded me too much of the typical angst of edgy rock bands. But it's a slow burn, and easy and calming to listen to. It's not the most inspirational stuff, but at the very least it does not make me cringe. I can probably listen to this to get to sleep.
Vulgar, both musically and lyrically speaking. Normally I’d be kinda into that, but I’m not feeling it today. Middle of the road for potential enjoyment
A fine bit of post punk/hard rock. Some tracks reminded me more of stuff like Siouxsie and the Banshees and others reminded me of Wolfmother. First few tracks were the best. The album kind of overstayed its welcome by the end.
2000s Brit rock got it
Some pretty nice noise punk. I liked it, but didn’t love it; I feel like I’ve heard the same thing done better before and since.
Not a bad time--good metal, but just missing a specialness and polish that my favorite metal features.
Never heard of this band or album. It rocks hard enough but it actually failed to grab me -- I couldn't find its uniqueness. 3 stars anyway, for the rock.
Energetic, noisy, needs a second listen
This band sounds a little like The White Stripes, especially Up Against the Wall and Spit on it. However, the songs don't pop like the Stripes's songs do. Spike Island is a nice change from the heavy guitar, metal sound. I do like alternative rock, and I think they have a polished sound for sure. The lyrics are intense and the singer clearly has some issues he works out in these songs regarding his opinion of himself and falling in love. At times this album also reminds me of the 90s too with STP or Alice in Chains too, but I'm not won over.
I'd never heard this at the time. Smacks of early Soundgarden (when they were interesting and good). Maybe a little overlong, but - apart from the occasional spot of self (or, over) indulgence - highly entertaining.
Comme vous le savez tous je suis le bras droit désigné de Robert, tout puissant du générateur, et de par ce statut spécial, je suis en contact direct avec les différents artistes du générateur (ou leur dépouille physique, dans le cas d'artistes tels Leonard Cohen). Parmi tous ces artistes, j'entretiens une relation toute particulière avec le leader des The Icarus Line. Nous avons fait les 400 coups ensemble dans notre jeunesse, et je lui ai par conséquent demandé une faveur. En effet, connaissant parfaitement les goûts - hautement discutables - de mon camarade robtenaillère -, j'ai demandé au leader du groupe de composer un album regroupant absolument tous les codes musicaux que rob deteste. Ainsi, je pourrai lui faire passer une écoute pénible sans uq'il s'en rende compte. Je m'attends donc à ce que rob attribue un 1/5 à cet album, avec une review emplie de critiques.
it was not bad for a nirvana ripoff
The White Stripes are already on this list. Do we need their imitators, too? Best track: Spike Island
This album is not available by streaming as we speak in my country so i had to find it elsewhere online, and now that found it at last i have to say, it gave me a headache. This album is mostly a bunch of noise with stoner elements and dark lyrics. Probably the singers were on drugs. Although there are some good moments on some songs like "Spike Island" 'Getting bright at night", and maybe "Seasick" nothing else got me more interested so, If you are looking for something new maybe you wont find it here but, definitely it sounds genuine and some will like it better than me
I've never heard of them before. Not too bad post hardcore. This album was hard to find. *not on Spotify playlist*
Un rock molto rumoroso. Ah è proprio un genere, di quello che non capisci bene le parole e ti fa venire mal di testa. 'Caviar' non è male. Mi sono ricreduto, non è malvagio
Hard rocking metal
Good music, became repetitive this album
Post Rock mood setter . Like !
Was zwischen 3 und 4.
Nice to get a different genre in there and it sounded proficient, but not really my thing.
Not come across these guys before. I enjoyed it. I would definitely listen again.
I WANTED to like this a lot. It's some really groovy bottled napalm. But it's just a little too edgy for me. Several times I thought a track was going to be a big highlight, but by the time it reached its full crescendo it just wasn't enjoyable any more. I actually suspect this is a problem exacerbated on the first-impression. If I knew where each song was going I think I wouldn't find it as annoying..... but Oh well! on to the next day!
Garage rock. Ni fu ni fa.
I am not very familiar and have only dabbled in post-hardcore, but I liked this album and felt they sounded a little like Hot Snakes. His vocals range from the Cult, to STP, to his own thing. Album has a lot of punch.
honestly this wasn't even that bad
So this is one of the lowest rated album...... It's not that bad to be honest and musically is quite accomplished, cohesively engineered and produced. If I felt in a sleazy-glam-rock type of mood I'd put this on. It sounds like a lot of other bands which is ok- they've taken what they wanted. Overall it's not as bad as some make out.
I didn’t mind it, a bit too buzzy in guitar. Far from a scene pioneer, sounds like a melting pot of everything from the late 90s/ early 00s.
A lot of noise and dirt. There's some good tracks through this record but by no means is it perfect, sadly have to listen on YouTube where the quality is crap. There's a punk Iggy pop vibe going on, on some tracks. A bit different to other "Garage Rock/BluesPunk/Rock going on at the time. 2.5 Stars
Decent garage/post-hardcore rock. It was still just sort of "there" for me except for some interesting musical elements, but generally not my style/interest. Was a bit surprised how low the Spotify plays were, seems like they were quite popular back in the day?
Genuinely surprised I hadn't heard this before. Not sure it deserves to be on this list but it's alright. Kinda like it when they get noisier and more experimental. Wish they'd lean into that more.
Hmm, yeah. Good. Not outstanding, but definitely good. Never heard of these before. Getting Bright at Night is pretty excellent. I love a good 9 minute epic that goes in directions. White Devil, singer doing a massive Black Francis impression which actually isn't bad.
I had more of an appetite for this kind of thing in my past; it’s appeal - the frenetic racket of the instrumentation and the particular afflicted affect of the vocals - have greatly paled for me. There’s very little post punk/hardcore alternative I still feel inclined to give time to and this ain’t gonna join that list. Given the sneery LA attitude dripping off it I’m resisting the urge to knock off an extra star on general principles, but it was competent and reasonably listenable, just not my thing anymore
I mean, it was alright, like... The use of noise in music is something that can be really good, but I don't think this band did it well. It also seems like they don't know what their style is, so it's really weird.
What the hell just attacked me? I feel completely run over by the sheer amount of feedback, heavy bass and noise. Hidden underneath it all is a palette of punk, hardcore and garage rock that works perfectly on itself; the overlaying elements of aggressive noise just further adds to the experience. Especially the guitars are extremely well mixed almost slapping you in your face every time a solo is about to start. Towards the end I feel like more and more of the songs start blending together and I’m left wishing that this would have been cut to 11 songs. Quite the thrilling ride nonetheless that left me exhausted and my ears pleading for some smooth jazz.
Very noisy, but solid tunes in there somewhere too. Clear influence on royal blood and the white stripes, hints of the strokes, queens of the stone age, and plenty of grunge. Not one of the best 1001 albums, but an interesting one I would never otherwise have heard 3 🌟
I liked this to a degree. I do enjoy the raw, garage rock sound/energy it has. None of the tracks blew me away, but none of it was bad either.
I’ve never heard of The Icarus Line, but alt rock often doesn’t go wrong with me. I quite like the album art of this - it gives off White Stripes vibes but more greasy. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: On The Lash Maybe I shouldn’t have set my expectations so high. There were definitely some meaty riffs on this album (as a vegetarian, riffs are the only meat I consume), but unfortunately not much else. I’m can’t say I like the singing - it’s not awful, but it’s also not great. I feel that any rock loses a lot of its charm when too well produced, which might sound a bit silly, but a lot of what I like about bands like Plumtree or Smashing Pumpkins is that they sound like they could have been recorded in a garage. As the album went on, it did start sounding more rough and ready, but the quality of the songs also declined so it didn’t really seem to get better despite this. Maybe that’s just me though.
Not really my thing.
trash rock soms leuke dingen niet mijn ding
If Jane's Addiction's less cool little brother had a child with a cousin of Oasis, this is what it'd sound like. It's almost good, which is why it's so annoying that it isn't good. It wants to sound like the things I listened to in the 90s. Thosse things from the 90s still sound better.
Too heavy and loud for me.
Nunca tinha ouvido falar, o som é legal, mas não faço ideia porque foi incluído na lista. Acho quu o lançamento do livro e desse CD foram perto um do outro, não havia a distancia do tempo para avaliação.
Medio matón el Disco. Me estaba latiendo pero me terminó cansando.
Boring. Scream singing. Drums too forward on a lot of tracks and an overall focus on LOUDNESS. Sounds a lot like white stripes but bad.
Cómo que no termino de ser ni una ni otra cosa
Ok not fave
Post-hardcore elevator music. 6.6/10
verging on hardcore / metal and i'm not into that today... maybe a good album but i don't know honestly
It's... fine? I struggled with this one, because while I liked some aspects of it (they're clearly accomplished musicians), so much of it made me want to turn it off. The band sounds like a pop-metal band that a record executive convinced to make an indie record. Of course, then I look into this band and they seem like the real deal. Maybe it's the lead singer's hair-metal affectations or faux-badass song titles like "Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers," but this sounds like Jet to me.
It was okay. I don't like this sound/style of music, but I can't lie when I say some of the songs tickled my brain in some capacity. Some of the songs had noises that annoyed me, but the others made up for that. Favorite track: White Devil
Well they're certainly not the White Stripes. I don't hate it, but don't particularly like it either. Spike Island is a good song. I wish there was another White Stripes album on this list to take Penance Soiree's place.
"one of 2004's most critically acclaimed releases" Oh dear! Noisy, scuzzy rock. Has its place somewhere, but not with me. Still not as bad as Pere Ubu, so 2 out of 5.
Shrill, loud and unoriginal
The album and the band were new to me. There were tracks (e.g. "Spike Island") that remended me of Stone Temple Pilots or sounded like The Icarus Line could have been an influence on STP. There was more noise on this album that I wanted to listen to. I was not expecting to hear saxophone in some of the tracks from this genre of music, but in the end it was just more noise. I didn't hate the album, but I didn't like it.
The style is hard to adapt to and the lyrics impossible to understand just by listening, but it's quite an experience.
Och heden, ontevreden jongemannen.
Heb het zeven nummers volgehouden, maar toen was de koek echt op.
Helaas niet te vinden op deezer, dus op youtube geluisterd. Ik werd hier nu wel echt wat zenuwachtig van.
Couldnt manage it all
The album started off OK with Up Against the Wall Motherfucker. It’s not really my vibe but I could listen to it. Then came Spit On It, which was utterly horrific. Luckily it wasn’t all down hill from there. A couple tracks are also OK like: Spike Island, Getting Bright at Night, and Big Sleep. Again, not really my thing but worth listening to once. But there are also tracks like Meatmaker that make me want to turn this album off. I do feel bad for the band that their label refused to promote the album at all and made them spend their own money for music video production. In the end it’s a mix of ⭐️ to ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ songs.
Un album de petits emmerdeurs qui aiment bien mettre des bâtons dans les roues de ceux qui veulent finir le générateur.
Couldn't really get into it sorry
Nothing special. A bunch of noise rock for the sake of noise.
Sounds like the worst bits of Suicide and Death from Above combined. I like both of those, but this isn’t great.
First listen. Need to hear more of it.
Ruidisme i distorsió molt del moment i el lloc, que ha envellit malament. Algun tema se salva, com 'Spike Island' o sobretot la llarga 'Getting Bright at Night', però és un disc que en el context del 2022 passaria força desapercebut
Yeah, noise punk-pop post-hardcore something :) Homogeneous album... (4/10) FT: On the Lash
So much sound, saying so little. What a mess. Proper California vacuity, really testing the listener’s patience.
Thanks I hate it
Fairly dull. Felt like more AI generated rock but this time from the early 2000s. Occasionally I found myself liking a short part of it but then got bored again.
Never heard of these guys before, sounded interesting enough, although it was difficult to judge on one listening. I'll maybe check out their other albums on Spotify though.
I might need to Re-llisten, but nothing on here connected with me.
people said it shouldn't be on the list
Nothing unusual or interesting about this
Unfortunately this CD only contained a bunch of noise, no songs or anything else that could be called music was detected
Not bad. Must hear? Nah.
not my jam
I remember them from "back in rhe day". I'm pretty sure that this CD sat in a pile on my room for months at a time. Why did it sit for months? Because it's just not that impressive.
Big Sleep and a few other songs are relatively engaging, but as a soiree this feels musically obligatory. It's not my genre, but not a particularly interesting one anyway.
Not much for me here. First song was okl...had a bit of a Jane's Addiction feel. After a 2nd song that did nothing for me, 3rd song ok again as a matter of fact the next couple songs were not bad but after that it became increasingly difficult to listen to this album. Vocals too hard and aggressive as was the music. Much of the rest borderline unlistenable. 2.5 🌟
I don't understand the praise for this album.
Idk just didn’t hit
Not heard of this band before so could be interesting. Unfortunately it wasn't. Rather messy, not distinct and repetitive.
I got the Mars Volta vibes, but without the goodness that comes with listening to Frances the Mute.
Not for me
Reminds me a bit of smashing pumpkins but more forgettable
Generic, overly slick, and shiny with substance. Not a bit of it feels sincere.
This may make me sound old, but it's a bit too noisy for me. Some interesting stuff, but overall not my favorite. 2 stars.
Never heard of this artist, and it didn't leave much of a mark on me, it's just fine noisy garage rock. Probably will never think about it again.
This feels like a mix of emo bands and the white stripes. Some of the songs are okay and not that messy. Some other songs are clearly early 2000s emo type and not that enjoyable. It’s a relatively loud album but without much substance. 4.6/10
Saw the cover and was hoping for something interesting :(
I'm sure this album could be much more enjoyable with fewer songs. This kind of noise rock music is not so bad (it's pretty interesting sometimes), but it's annoying after 35 minutes and worsens every minute. This is important enough to be part of the 1001 list. Still, it has many more lost opportunities than actual realization, mainly because of the lack of brevity and self-awareness of its limitations. 2 stars
It’s okay, feels a bit generic, mostly don’t care for the singers voice very forgettable.
I'm absolutely baffled as to what warranted this to be on the list at any point
I’ve already forgotten it.
This is some good ol loud ass rock done bad
Not into it
Too heavy for me... Didn't get past the 1st song
i don't get it
Llegué a la rola #4 y adiós.
Not for me
Garbage. Alternative rock but boring, screaming, noisy, etc. 2/10.
Crap - Unlistenable shite.
1/5 not my cup of tea at all...
cant stand one star.
The fact I had to check to make sure there wasn't something wrong with the car while listening to this says it all I feel
More noise than anything. Would not listen again
Pretty monotonous. Trying too hard to be the Stooges, so I'll just listen to the Stooges.
Oh really? this sounds like a willfully obscure post-hardcore band much like any other. Alan Moulder mix helps it sound a little better than many. But, I mean, really, this album was barely released, and is not even on spotify at present. How is this a "must hear" album? I mean, they rock. And I'm sure they are heap of sweaty fun live... but this is really a stretch. All attitude and no songs (exception: Kiss Like Lizards)..
Up Against the Wall Motherfucker as the opening track suggests that this isn't an easy listening album. I rather wish it was. I HATE rock music and all the macho posturing that goes with it. I put the kettle on before I made it t the end of Motherfucker. I had a much more enjoyable experience drinking my hot tea in silence.
Another new album - and artist - on me. Seems to have a lot of rock tropes within its tracks - Spike Island feels like a US take on U2/JAMC. I don’t mind the overall sound in small doses, but on first listen the lyrics didn’t really grab me and the voice seemed to fit well without having much individuality. The Suicide-inspired Meatmaker is the most interesting track but also the most different from the rest of the album. Overall, the sort of thing I want to like more than I actually do.
ya ni me acuerdo creo q era re fome
Slightly embarrassing rock ... when it went "fuckk youuuuu" at the end of one song in that cringe american rock singing style I think I actually lolled quite a lot. I did not find this engaging, it all just passed me by really with little impact
This is grim.
Not on my watch.
Not good; this is what you'd hear on a network tv show when they need some "edgy" rock music, like in CSI when they go to a seedy club to question someone, or when a main character spins out
Noise metal? No, it’s just noise.
The chances that they pull themselves out of whatever hole they're in without some grippier tunes: low. The chances that they accidentally bury themselves under their own despairing noise muck: worryingly high. In need of a hook and a new outlook.
Really not that great. Couldn't wait for it to end. 1/5
Hmm. Not sure about this one. Not enough of any one thing to leave an impression. Yeah, it's dark and edgy and distorted, but it's like an easy listening version of metal? Is that what garage/noise rock is? I don't really care for or about this one. In one ear and out the other. Put something from Pharmakon on this list instead, preferably Bestial Burden. Favorite tracks: Getting Bright at Night. Album art: Kinda cool, kinda gross? Not sure what I'm looking at, aside from it being someone's side profile. 1.5/5
Doet me niks, en staat niet op Spotify.
abrasive and terrible vocals? check. noisy and distorted music without any logical direction? check. rotten low-fi production? check. unmemorable and poorly-constructed songs? check. overall painful to literally listen to let alone get through? check. 1 star rating? checkmate. 1/10 1 star.
this album was insulting i could not bare to listen to it at any volume higher than the lowest possible one… just no.