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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Please Mr. Gravedigger
Here's To the Life of the Party
Pluto Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


January 22, 2005
Is it any wonder that when I first heard the opening guitar strains and the first vocal shredding of this album, I began to wonder if I accidentally had placed the new Blood Brothers album in my player?

Realizing that I did not own that album, I began to wonder if this was the new These Arms are Snakes, as I had recently heard the split they had released with Harkonen, and was eagerly anticipating the new full length. Sadly, I shook my head as I realized that that album had not yet become part of my library. So just what the hell was I listening to anyway?

If the above paragraph does not clue you in to what style Please Mr. Gravedigger cleverly plays, then you must be out of the musical loop. Featuring former members of metalcore champions As I Lay Dying, the members of Please Mr. Gravedigger have created a by-the-book album - straight from the Blood Brothers' fakebook, in fact - but while predictable, it's far from the worst effort to come out this year.

Vocalist Tommy Garcia is the standout of the album, and coupled the guitar work of Ruben Gutierrez, Please Mr. Gravedigger harness the energy of the current crop of metal bands who employ throaty and violent high-pitched screams as their means of communication and take it, albeit formulaically, turning it into an aggressive album. Is this effort enjoyable? Yes. But will it fly? Not quite, especially after repeated listens demonstrate that track after track holds little contrast.

Please Mr. Gravedigger has fired one volley into the war against crappy radio music, but has hit a point of unrealized potential. With practice and time they could hold their own against the bands they seemingly ape on their debut. Then maybe we can raise Please Mr. Gravedigger as the life of the party.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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