I wish I had gotten into Drowningman sooner than I did. It wasn’t until well after I started American Aftermath in 2010 that I got the band brought to my attention. I quickly found myself listening to the band nonstop, but the album that I found myself infatuated with was one that I wouldn’t physically own until years later. Now, while I loved the band so much, I had fallen out of touch with them over the years and it wasn’t until a few months ago when I received a grab bag of albums from Hydra Head Records that I got Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline back in my head and in my hands. What a hell of a debut album this was…
Pulling that album out of that stack of amazing records was life-changing. I listened to that thing religiously over the next week and it has been in regular rotation ever since. The album kicks off on a powerful note that screams metalcore in it’s purest sense. Drowningman owned this genre in the late ’90s, fight me. This album absolutely destroys and I never tire of it’s endless riffage.
The entire album is a stand out, but I can’t hep but find myself falling back on “High School Slow Dance” and “Trouble Breathing” as my go-to tracks. The latter has a fantastic sing-a-long that I’ve gotten insane looks for belting out both in my home and out and about. The title track for the album is a doozy as well. Pummeling and fast, this track comes and goes in under two and a half minutes. It’s a bruiser.
There is no way I’m going to get out of here without talking about the album opener “Condoning The Use Of Inhalants,” which is an absolute barnburner and one hell of a way to kick off an album. Vicious and riffy as fuck, this thing was made to mosh to. Breakdowns are aplenty throughout the album, but the middle of this track doesn’t play around. Get groovy.