Frodus
And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
December 20th, 2006 | 21 replies | 5,280 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-hardcore that draws on perfection rather than originality.

Frodus was a late '90s hardcore act that is often given credit for spawning the term "spazzcore". As time went by it seemed like the band members overindulged on a bit too much "The Shape of Punk To Come" and Nation Of Ulysses, as their last release "And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea" clearly demonstrates. Building on the heavily rhythmic hardcore Refused left in its breakup, Frodus is able to build on a progressive idea that was brought to life in the late '90s. While other comparisons could be drawn to Fugazi and At the Drive-in (The other two big names in post-hardcore), Frodus lacks the "bounce" that both of these bands possessed. I guess the main difference I see between Frodus and bands like Fugazi and At the Drive-in is the fact that the music seems a lot more calculated and lifeless. Instead of drawing from the more emotional realms of hardcore, Frodus seems to have been pushing their brand of post-hardcore into the realm of math rock (which is evident in tracks such as "There Will Be No More Scum").

"And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea" seems to have no real flaws besides the lack of originality. Granted, Frodus isn't playing something that has been played to death like say, Black Flag's form of hardcore, but you can easily relate their music to a few select bands in the realm of post-hardcore and clearly cut their sound into what elements they are borrowing from the other bands. Touches of originality drip into the album in the instrumentals of tracks like "Out-Circuit the Ending", which focus on beautiful clean guitar playing. Also the bands' delving into more electronic sounds is far more interesting than Refused's on their magnum opus as "Hull Crush Depth" clearly demonstrates. Basically, Frodus is a band that had excellent taste and the ability to co-join some of their favorite parts of their favorite bands. It's a valiant effort from a generation that grew up in the shadow of Fugazi and like-minded endeavors.

I'd recommend this album to basically anyone that has any familiarity with hardcore because it is a great perspective on the genre. Also if you do happen to enjoy it, I suggest you check out the band The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg as they've basically taken Frodus's style on this album and pushed it to the brink of what it can be. This is an excellent album and besides its short-coming in the realm of originality it is nearly flawless post-hardcore.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
omgwtfboogie
December 20th 2006


211 Comments


I have not heard anything by this band, but as usual, you wrote a flawless review.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 20th 2006


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD is sick. Definitely Frodus' most sweet and easy-listening album.

BringHomeTheBacon
January 15th 2007


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been listening to this album a lot lately. It's extremely good. I need to find some more post-hardcore like this.

Confessed2005
September 7th 2007


3314 Comments


This sounds relatively interesting. Weird band name though.

NortherlyNanook
October 16th 2007


1285 Comments


I finally picked this up, and I rather like it. It does sound a decent amount like Fugazi and ATD-I, but hey, it's still pretty freaking good.

KritikalMotion
October 16th 2007


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where should i start with this band?

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

chimera908
October 16th 2007


713 Comments


Probably this album it seems to be their best and easiest to get into.

tuk
October 16th 2007


151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first three tracks are absolutely outstanding.

Sleepy
November 10th 2007


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

I really do like this album, but it starts to drag after a few songs.

astrel
March 25th 2008


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so close to a 5 for me. It is just beautiful from start to finish.

DaveBum69
April 8th 2008


699 Comments


I really really wanna find this, but I'm alot of trouble trying to download it

captainbrett
December 1st 2008


14 Comments


STUPID HUMAN SCUM!

Frodus is so damn groovy.

gaslightanthem
January 11th 2009


5209 Comments


album is great

handoman
January 11th 2009


2386 Comments


duh

gaslightanthem
January 11th 2009


5209 Comments


well i just wanted to state the obvious handogay

handoman
January 11th 2009


2386 Comments


sry, i was acting kinda snackry-ish

gaslightanthem
January 11th 2009


5209 Comments


yes next you are going to start name dropping bands nobody gives a fuck about

DoubtGin
November 10th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THEY ARE BACK

americanmusicmachine
November 10th 2010


3953 Comments


ALL HAIL!

americanmusicmachine
November 10th 2010


3953 Comments


RE: review
i think frodus was more of an influence on refused than the other way around. could be wrong tho.



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