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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
I Killed the Prom Queen
Music For the Recently Deceased
Metal Blade

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


November 21, 2006
While American kiddies remain busily occupied stress-testing their neck-bolts to those wacky guitar-solo-less Papa Roach dudes, the rest of the planet is actively encouraging the direction In Flames done took, in this album's case anointing it with the #1 position in the Australian indie charts.

That's not such a big earthshaking surprise. It always takes a while for New York citizens to tire of their current cultural landscape and begin stealing from Europe, after which the kids in the American sticks warily follow suit. Not that this album is at all worth that level of fuss, but it bears pointing out that the metal genre is tacking slightly to the mellow after, what now, fucking centuries of mindless Slayer-thieving. With all these bands nowadays suckling at the Dimebag dollar, you get the feeling that we've come full circle to some sort of Decline of Western Civilization Part Deux, a bunch of scabby 100-IQ-ers actually believing they've got a shot at something when exactly 34,962,310,881 bands are doing the same crap with the same riffs and the same Cookie Monster dumbass vocals.

Not a whole lot to say about this one, since it's just pack-leading from a new non-US part of the world, but it's oddly hypnotizing. I Killed the Prom Queen's sound meets federal mosh guidelines but is quite well-behaved when compared to the Overkills and such of old, let alone today's bottomless pit of Mastodon Mini-Mes; it's somehow more catchy than your basic Black Dahlia Murder without drowning itself in emo squalling.

If anything's needed here it's a subgenre on which they could hang their hats and over which their PR people could claim the band rules, since the de facto "post-metalcore" could mean anything from Avenged Sevenfold to this month's Red Scare clone. Such a term would require a phonetic "emo" at the end since it denotes music that's dozens of hooky refrains short of a Taking Back Sunday but much too Taking Back Sunday for misogynistic pancake-makeup Satanoids. How about "fleamo" to mark the scruffy Cujo-barking lead vocals without ignoring the Styx-ness of the backing gimp-choir?

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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