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The Emo Diaries Volume 3 - "The Moment of Truth"
Deep Elm

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I don't want to get into badmouthing records, especially not for our first review section, but since this isn't really directed at any one band, I'll let go for once. As cliche as it is to take pot-shots at Deep Elm, "the moment of truth" has long passed for their Emo Diaries compilation series. The first one had bands like Jimmy Eat World, Jejune, Pohgoh, and Pave the Rocket, which turned out to be a decent compilation. Unfortunately, Deep Elm got the notion they were on the right track. But they're not - unless they're trying to document the era of Braid rip-off bands, in which case they'd be right on the money. The bands really do have some terribly fitting Emo names though - Saddest Girl Story and Cross My Heart are two gag-me-with-a-spoon examples.

And I guess since Crank! has put out gems like Fireside and Far Apart, the folks at Deep Elm thought they'd take a crack at Sweden, where they dug up Starmarket, a long running joke in the European hardcore scene.

The only credible track on the record comes from Sweep the Leg Johnny who actually do something worth listening to. It's a shame they have to be associated with this series.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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