Ed Gein
It's A Shame That A Family Can Be Torn Apart By...


3.0
good

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 49 replies | 21,584 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

It's A Shame That A Family Can Be Torn Apart By Something As Simple As A Pack Of Wild Dogs.



Ed Gein:
Graham Reynolds - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Jenkins - Bass/Vocals
Jesse Daino - Drums/Vocals

Track Listing:
1. You suck at life... and I'm not talking about the board game.
2. The Marlboro man is a douche bag.
3. A way to kill old people.
4. Nice shoes... wanna fuck?
5. I wish you the best...
6. ...and by the best I mean the worst.
7. Beating a dead horse.
8. What is this monstrosity?!

Self-bio (from [url]www.ed-gein.com[/url]):
"Ed Gein is a three piece band hailing from Syracuse, NY.
Each of the three members (guitar, drums, and bass) sing equally, there is no lead singer.
The goal of Ed Gein is to play technical and intense music and to remain true to ourselves as artists.
We write what we like, we play what we like.
We are not concerned with trends or genre classifications.
This is what we love...we will only play what we love."

Review:
Named after the infamous serial killer, Ed Gein are just as brutal as the name implies. Their song titles may suggest a more humorous idea of their sound, but one listen tends to blow those thoughts over. All three members scream in a shrill (albeit generic) hardcore yelp, while they pound away at an unwielding pace on their instruments, generally until they hit a breakdown section. It may not last long, but it sure is a ride.

Right from "You suck at life... and I'm not talking about the board game," the band's skill is immediately apparent. Speedy riff is stacked on speedy riff until a glorious breakdown is reached. "Marlboro man" is probably the most accessable song, simply because it's got some amazing breaks, the best breakdown on the album, and is the defining track by a mile. A glaring problem is soon realized, however... movie sound clips break up every song, and they all appear to be from Donnie Darko. In my opinion, that's just a tad cliche and overdone. Luckily, they only last about five to ten seconds before another song brings in more spastic metal action.

Moving on, "A way to kill old people" and "I wish you the best..." set up fantastic pounding formulas, with some extremely odd-sounding guitar breaks. "Beating a dead horse" displays more dissonant guitars, which is a welcome changeup, but some simply excellent alternating chug riffs rue the day. In the end, "What is this monstrosity?!" reprises the breakdown from "Marlboro man" and sets up a much more spastic continuance, another welcome change. Unfortunately, you realize another glaring flaw... the album's only, at the most, twenty minutes minus the samples. The fact that they put a bonus (boring) old school punk song at the very end of the album, eight minutes after the final song is over also means you'll catch yourself in the huge pause often if the record is on repeat. ARGH!

So, the final result is that Ed Gein manage to supply a short but sweet dose of technical metalcore with a pinch of grind thrown in for good measure. The samples are kind of stupid and the severely small running time limits them, but generally the record is worth a listen despite these flaws. Let's just hope their next album has double the songs and no samples.

Recommended Tracks: "You suck at life... and I'm not talking about the board game", "The Marlboro man is a douche bag", "A way to kill old people", "Beating a dead horse"

Rating: 3.5/5



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Distorted Vision
November 27th 2004



184 Comments


Nice review.

This band has some excellent song titles, especially 'Nice shoes . . . wanna fuck?' :D

Sep
November 27th 2004



297 Comments


Nice review. I'm trying to find that 'Marlboro Man' song now.

BuddyBigsby
November 27th 2004



531 Comments


Good review. Awesome band. I'm seeing them on Monday and its going to rule.

Griffith
November 27th 2004



15 Comments


Any band named after that guy must be pretty intense, I'm afraid to listen.

cbmartinez
November 27th 2004



2525 Comments


I've heard a lot about these guys but never checked them out. Good review.

SubtleDagger
November 27th 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=Griffith]Any band named after that guy must be pretty intense, I'm afraid to listen.[/QUOTE]
Meh, it's not ultra brootal hyper death metalz, so I think you'll be alright.

Griffith
November 27th 2004



15 Comments


[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]Meh, it's not ultra brootal hyper death metalz, so I think you'll be alright.[/QUOTE]

Haha, in that case I'll give it a try.

denboy
November 27th 2004



85 Comments


.. I laughed at their album title

SubtleDagger
November 27th 2004



737 Comments


Yeah, they've got the famous grindcore titling going on.

Dark Hero
November 27th 2004



160 Comments


This looks insane.

dirge for november
November 27th 2004



49 Comments


this looks hilarious.

Pluperfect_Arson
November 27th 2004



22 Comments


Nice review. Great album.

Kapitol21
November 27th 2004



1 Comments


Hey that bonus (boring) old school punk song at the very end of the album is actually a Nirvana cover song. If anyone knows the name of that song that they do cover could you post it?

NewKindofArmy03
November 27th 2004



26 Comments


I picked this up when I saw them in the summer, but I still haven't listened to it that much. I'm seeing them again in 2 weeks, it should be a fun show.

Stabb
November 27th 2004



1 Comments


in 2 weeks, do you mean dec 10th at that tgif place. bc my friends band is playing there and im debating whether or not to go.

albert fish
November 27th 2004



3 Comments


great live band. seen em a few times including a house show a few weeks ago. one of the best 3-piece bands (in the "underground" scene) in a long time.

one of their older songs (bathed in orange) has one of the most br00tal breakdowns.

NewKindofArmy03
November 28th 2004



26 Comments


[QUOTE=Stabb]in 2 weeks, do you mean dec 10th at that tgif place. bc my friends band is playing there and im debating whether or not to go.[/QUOTE]
Nah, I'm seeing them the 14th. You should go, All Else Failed is on the tour also and they're amazing.

SubtleDagger
November 28th 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=Kapitol21]Hey that bonus (boring) old school punk song at the very end of the album is actually a Nirvana cover song. If anyone knows the name of that song that they do cover could you post it?[/QUOTE]
It's still boring as hell and is the worst song on the album, aside from the sample one.

BuddyBigsby
November 28th 2004



531 Comments


[QUOTE=Kapitol21]Hey that bonus (boring) old school punk song at the very end of the album is actually a Nirvana cover song. If anyone knows the name of that song that they do cover could you post it?[/QUOTE]

I think its "Negative Creep". I might be thinking of the wrong song or even have the wrong title.

kenji_1027
November 28th 2004



2 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]Good review. Awesome band. I'm seeing them on Monday and its going to rule.[/QUOTE]

I love this band. Im seeing them monday too.



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