I feel I shouldn’t have to say more, as the band is legendary in and of itself. From their insane live shows to their constant break ups due to conflict, to the musical boundaries they push and the legacy they always leave behind, this band is revered by many, imitated by few, and mastered by none. Like most people, I discovered them through their song “You Can’t Kill Us All,” which lead me on a spree of hearing more, ultimately falling down the rabbit hole to their first proper full length “Give Them Rope” (remastered in 2004 as “Give Them Rope She Said Ver. 2.0“).
This album…is a fucking maelstrom. A category 5 hurricane (too soon?) of riffs, pummeling rhythm section, and a guttural scream that is a goddamn signature in its own right (Sean Ingram is a fucking monster and has one of the best screams. Period.) Fuck, the scream is one of the instruments, becoming part of it and working itself to become one with the music. Hell, the vocals ping pong back and forth between left and right outlets, causing minor disorientation, but working as an effect to give the album more “umph,” all while the music continues in its path of destruction.
Their music is as heavy as a brick falling from the sky and as off-kilter and angular in their execution, as if Picasso was testing his boy parts during an 8.1 Richter scale earthquake (too soon?) while painting a portrait. This shit is what kids these day aspire to be by tuning down to F and thinking they are “the heaviest band ever,” but if you haven’t got the walk, you can’t talk the talk. And these kids, they haven’t got shit compared to this band. Hell, Coalesce has an album of Led Zeppelin covers that is more amazing 95% and metal of the new shit coming out, and it is aptly titled “There Is Nothing New Under The Sun.”
This album though starts with the opener “Have Patience,” a opener and set up for the entire album filled with percussive guitar work, obtuse and vague lyrics (“I come from rock/that came from nothing/I come from dead/to copulate/and condescend”) and a full force whirlwind that is only magnified. This sets up people for more and more aural destruction with the other songs: “One Foot On The Ground” is pummeling, almost becoming chaos and falling apart before turning back and just destroying. ” Cut To Length” has one of the best ending lyrics ever, that I can’t help by sing and say in every day life (“So cut to length/ And kick them down”). “Every Reason To…” may be the slowest and most comprehensible song, but possibly has some of the most most caustic lyrics (“My life never felt as dry/as it was inside of you…you gave me every reason to/and still I didn’t break your face”).
I mean, in reality this is metalcore that verges on white noise, and it is awesome. It is an expression of a band with singular vision and voice. A band that has denied trends, following their own path, holding no remorse. They have followed their own unique path, letting people know that passion comes before fashion, and that this ideal always bucks trends. Hell, the band has that printed on a t-shirt. And it is words to live by.
Trend setters, burning their own path, leaving those in a their wake aside, cutting to length and kicking them down, stating that dead is dead, not serving the law, taking a year, not being the first, but being the last. Confidence won’t be stolen under their table.