Heavy Heavy Low Low
Everything's Watched, Everyone's Watchin


3.0
good

Review

by Lee Carlson USER (26 Reviews)
April 8th, 2007 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy Heavy Low Low has a great sound and so many breakdowns it'll make your head spin. A great release that fuses great metalcore, with great grind as well.

I’ve only seen Heavy Heavy Low Low twice. Once with my friends band at a local VFW. And on a major tour with Thursday. Although their live energy could be a lot (and I mean a lot) better, they sounded great (which is surprising considering they were all drunk.) The point is they not only make great metalcore (and they even dabble in a bit of grind.) they can play it live really well, and I’m sure music fans agree they want one hell of a live show. And while their stage presence isn’t that great, their mosh pits are crushing. Maybe not as crushing as say Converge, but believe me they’re intense. Their latest release and Ferret Music debut is “Everything’s Watched, Everyone’s Watching,” which I picked up at a local record store for 10 bucks. It was probably one of the best CD purchases I ever made.

Not only does “Everything’s Watched, Everyone’s Watching” have great music, but the musicians themselves are great. While they are nowhere near “God” status, they sure know how to play their genre very well. The dropped tones of the guitars make breakdowns crushing, the sludgy bass makes the beat intense, the drummer clashes cymbals and rocks the double bass like hell. The vocalist may seem alien to the rest of the band but (I think) he knows what he is doing. Overall the musicianship on this record and in the band itself is great, and they may not be the best musicians but they should definitely be respected within the metalcore and grind genres.

The album opens up with This Is Really Testing The Patience I’ve Never Had and while there is practically no song structure at all it is a great introduction to the album because most of the album (if not all) really doesn’t have a “real” song structure. Especially on this song you won’t be hearing “Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge.” You will be hearing 32 seconds of blistering metalcore that will definitely leave a mark. The last couple seconds of the song has the vocalist screaming “Overworked, and underpaid. Overworked and underpaid!” Leading you to the next track and the rest of the album. Mall-Nutrition is definitely a fan favorite and was number one on the setlist when I saw them. It opens up with a bone crushing breakdown and it only gets better from here. At :55 another breakdown comes right in and this one lasts a whole 18 seconds, and will definitely get you pumped at a live show. Then right after that breakdown you get a catchy punk like riff, and heavy palm muted and distortion leads you out of this song. Another great song is Texas Chainsaw Mascer-Uh It opens with high pitched shrieking vocals, with the accompanying high pitched shrieking guitars. This is one of the most grind influenced songs on the album, and can b e appreciated by both metalcore and grind fans since halfway into it heads back into a more metalcore sound. Then the everything stops and these lyrics are spoken, “I think it’s safe to say: ‘Your days of wine and roses are over.’” Then like a train hiting you a breakdown comes in and runs you clean over, and just like that the song fades out… you hear static and feedback and then a melodic guitar comes in and for once you think you have a break from this insanity. Nope. Vocals come in with a crushing guitar In the background singing, “when the line between truths is as shallow as your breath/When You sight all we become are echoes of what we wonce were/life cheap red lipstick and whorre house perfume.” This is Kids, Kids, Kids another fan favorite that was featured on a recording and then put to this record. This is one of the best songs on the record, because It is just all out metalcore that is so much fun to move around to. And don’t worry about shouting it out to them live, it is usually in their setlist. A blistering breakdown in the end and the song fades out. Just to show the humor of the band keep listening after the final track and you will hear the hidden track There’s A Bat [Acoustic] and it literally the guitarist playing the same riff over and over again, someone smacking a tambourine, and singing their song There’s A Bat which is ironically one of the heaviest songs on the record. After they sing the song they start schreeching like monkeys. The record is over. You are slightly stunned by the multiple breakdowns. And you are slightly stunned by that really unusual hidden track you just heard.

Over all “Everything’s Watched, Everyone’s Watching,” is a very solid release from a band I feel will get huge, Heavy Heavy Low Low. After seeing them twice I think they are well worth the price of a concert ticket if you love moshing to some pretty insane breakdowns. While there is no real filler on the album you may seem to grow tired of it by the end. However if you find metalcore and grind to be your kind of thing. Pick up this record you certainly won’t regret it.

4 / 5

Recommended Tracks:
This Is Really Testing The Patience I’ve Never Had
Mall-Nutrition
Texas Chainsaw Mascer-Uh
Kids, Kids, Kids

PROs
Some great lyrics and vocals
All musicians flow well with each other
Oh so many breakdowns

CONs
Songs may sound the same
May get a little tiring



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Comments:Add a Comment 
trustxdialect
April 8th 2007


1502 Comments


Split up the third paragraph and this will be a good review. I can't stand Heavy Heavy Low Low at all though.

guitarplaya91
April 8th 2007


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I'm not to fond of the band name either, but the music itself definitley made up for a pretty bad band name.

Intransit
April 8th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I must say, this music is so obnoxiously technical that I cannot stand it. Terrible stuff. Good review

ToWhatEnd
April 8th 2007


3172 Comments


I might check this out but the overdose of breakdowns doesn't sound like it's completely up my alley.

guitarplaya91
April 8th 2007


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They are usually one breakdown per song, but in some cases there are no breakdowns but some times songs can have 2 plus. So if you don't like breakdowns I don't advise this album, but if you love them this album is great.

embroglio
April 9th 2007


219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only fun to listen to when you're really high

trustxdialect
April 9th 2007


1502 Comments


^Good response.

hellalegit
April 11th 2007


6 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

From someone who lives in the San Jose area, HHLL is garbage. Straight garbage.

guitarplaya91
April 17th 2007


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't get me wrong. I know what good metalcore is. I just like these guys. It's a personal opinion.

guitarplaya91
April 21st 2007


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm guessing this review is average since no one gave it a vote at all.

ElexaMetal
June 6th 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ive seen HHLL play in someones backyard here in watsonville. They put on the most amazing performance ive seen.these guys have balls. to take shit from everyone about how "shitty" they sound. They play what THEY like and thats how it SHOULD be. TILT BACK YOUR HEAD AND FUCKING TAKE IT.fucking awesome. KEEP UP THE GOOD SHIT.a propaganda of props to HEAVY HEAVY MOTHERFUCKING LOW LOW.

LifeInABox
June 6th 2007


3709 Comments


I really cannot stand these guys at all. They're music it utter crap.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 6th 2007


4927 Comments


they are pretty terrible, yeah.

iamrockzorz
June 6th 2007


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their earlier stuff doesn't suck as much. Actually yah. But seriously, this album is kinda like the new daughters trying to do a scene tech core. but hey, i enjoy it at times.

thexcityxignites
August 5th 2007


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I saw them on the strhess tour and eagerly bought their album, but regretted it almost immediately. Whatever energy and skill they showed in their live show was lost on the cd.

As for the comments on their band name, they used to call themselves "mother f***ing black people". ... I sort of prefer HHLLThis Message Edited On 08.05.07

BroRape
October 1st 2007


803 Comments


i love this album. i listen to it on my zune when i mow the yard. :D

DWittisarockstar
November 28th 2007


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys were pretty sick when I saw them live.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 28th 2007


4927 Comments


eww dwitt, your taste, at times, astounds me. This is one of those 'not so favorable' moments.

DWittisarockstar
November 28th 2007


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, I like basically everything. I get a lot of crap from my friends for bands like this and Alesana. But it's not all bad, right?

botb
November 28th 2007


9713 Comments


Personally I really dislike these guys. pretty solid review though.



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