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Penance Soiree

The Icarus Line

2004

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Penance Soiree

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2.54

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Noise, a lot of very similar noise. I liked maybe the one song but the album is very repetitive and discordant.

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Somehow manages to be both headache inducing and boring

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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.

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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.

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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

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Really enjoyed it, didn't expect some of trumpet and piano riffs

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This has aged very well for the 2004 Hot Topic scene.

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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.

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Felt really repetitive.

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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.

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Better than I expected but not as good as it could have been.

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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.

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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/)

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Very cool noise rock. Worth a listen.

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4.5/5. Right up my mf alley. Bruh it’s got NiN AND Ink + Dagger members. Post hardcore rules

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Thrashy but good, very heavy and angry bass in each song

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Never heard them before but really liked it. Will give this band further listens in the future.

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4.5. Really blew me away. Wasn't expecting much but this album was great

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This band reminded me of an amalgamation of a bunch if different bands. This album was very good, I really enjoyed it!

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this was actually dope, I liked the energy and the tone of vocals. reminded me of a more melodic dfa 1979

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This is pretty much exactly what I want rock music to sound like

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I like the vocals and more downtempo tracks a lot. A little bogged down by the noisy stuff.

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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.

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Dit bleek dus echt een pareltje te zijn. Helaas niet op spotify, maar ik ga hier zeker meer van luisteren.

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really appreciated this album. nice. punchy. punky. low-fi. goodness.

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In general, I’m not a fan of noise rock, but this wasn’t bad! Garage rock? Liked the vocals and catchy riffs. 4

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Never heard of these guys before but they did great guitary post-rock

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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.

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Fun dark alternative rock.

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Vocals are reminiscent of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed with jangly guitars. Songs feel at once modern and from another time. 4/5 stars

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I had my doubts in the beginning but i ended up reallly enjoying this album!

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Noise/garage rock the brings up tastes of Black Flag and Iggy. Hooky, noise and all around enjoyable.

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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.

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Rock garaje alternativa. Interesante

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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.

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Had never heard of this group but this was a great listen. May relisten to decide whether to add to the usual rotation.

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Loved it. Super dark and gritty. Never heard of this band before!

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Don't love the vocalist but they sure can rock out. Standout Tracks: Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, Kiss Like Lizards, Seasick

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Not bad. Solid 3

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Ruthlessly heavy a lot of feedback and distortion not really my thing

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Decent but not really for me

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was ok, good compared to the others and kinda fun or whatever but really noisy and annoying too

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pretty rad. QOTSA vibes

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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.

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Objectively is seems like a good album, but not really my genre.

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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

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Didn't listen. Couldn't find album.

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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.

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Fun messy punk. A bit of Stooges and Strokes in them.

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Pretty decent I guess. Nothing too special but was very grungy, also vocal style kinda reminded me of Strokes for some reason.

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Wasn't feeling the first half of this album but the second half really picked up and got crazy. Not a bad record.

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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.

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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

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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.

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2000s Brit rock got it

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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.

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Not a bad time--good metal, but just missing a specialness and polish that my favorite metal features.

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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.

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Energetic, noisy, needs a second listen

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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.

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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.

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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

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Not bad

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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.

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it was not bad for a nirvana ripoff

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The White Stripes are already on this list. Do we need their imitators, too? Best track: Spike Island

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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

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I've never heard of them before. Not too bad post hardcore. This album was hard to find. *not on Spotify playlist*

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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

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Hard rocking metal

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Good music, became repetitive this album

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Post Rock mood setter . Like !

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Was zwischen 3 und 4.

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Nice to get a different genre in there and it sounded proficient, but not really my thing.

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Not come across these guys before. I enjoyed it. I would definitely listen again.

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trash rock soms leuke dingen niet mijn ding

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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.

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2.5

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Too heavy and loud for me.

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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.

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Medio matón el Disco. Me estaba latiendo pero me terminó cansando.

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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.

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Cómo que no termino de ser ni una ni otra cosa

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Ok not fave

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Post-hardcore elevator music. 6.6/10

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verging on hardcore / metal and i'm not into that today... maybe a good album but i don't know honestly

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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.

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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

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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.

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"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.

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Shrill, loud and unoriginal

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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.

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Och heden, ontevreden jongemannen.

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Heb het zeven nummers volgehouden, maar toen was de koek echt op.

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Helaas niet te vinden op deezer, dus op youtube geluisterd. Ik werd hier nu wel echt wat zenuwachtig van.

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Couldnt manage it all

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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.

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Meh

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Un album de petits emmerdeurs qui aiment bien mettre des bâtons dans les roues de ceux qui veulent finir le générateur.

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Couldn't really get into it sorry

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Nothing special. A bunch of noise rock for the sake of noise.

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Sounds like the worst bits of Suicide and Death from Above combined. I like both of those, but this isn’t great.

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First listen. Need to hear more of it.

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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

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Yeah, noise punk-pop post-hardcore something :) Homogeneous album... (4/10) FT: On the Lash

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So much sound, saying so little. What a mess. Proper California vacuity, really testing the listener’s patience.

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Thanks I hate it

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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.

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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.

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I might need to Re-llisten, but nothing on here connected with me.

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people said it shouldn't be on the list

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Nothing unusual or interesting about this

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Unfortunately this CD only contained a bunch of noise, no songs or anything else that could be called music was detected

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Not bad. Must hear? Nah.

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Not into it

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Too heavy for me... Didn't get past the 1st song

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i don't get it

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Llegué a la rola #4 y adiós.

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Not for me

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Garbage. Alternative rock but boring, screaming, noisy, etc. 2/10.

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Crap - Unlistenable shite.

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1/5 not my cup of tea at all...

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cant stand one star.

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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

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More noise than anything. Would not listen again

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Pretty monotonous. Trying too hard to be the Stooges, so I'll just listen to the Stooges.

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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)..

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2000 Generic

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Unlistenable

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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.

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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.

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ya ni me acuerdo creo q era re fome

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Noisy, boring

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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

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This is grim.

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Ick. I’d say forgettable but I remembered feeling pleased when the album ended.

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Not on my watch.

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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

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Noise metal? No, it’s just noise.

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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.

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