Death Before Dishonor
Count Me In


1.5
very poor

Review

by indietrash USER (27 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2007 | 27 replies | 7,771 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death Before Dishonor delivers an uninspiring and boring album, at best.

2 of 5 thought this review was well written

Death Before Dishonor is "Boston Hardcore at it's finest! [sic]", according to themselves (and nobody else). They even refer to themselves as "BOSTON'S HARDEST" (nobody else does that either)... errr...
They're rather obsessed with being extremely hardcore, and definitely more hardcore than anybody else. On their MySpace - there's several paragraphs dedicated to how "hardcore" and "good" they are, and how they put all the other bands out there "to shame".
At first, I though this was supposed to be funny, like a parody or something. Therefore I was really eager to get Count Me In, expecting something like Excrementory Grindfuckers, only more hardcore punk oriented. What I got instead, was a mediocre band that takes itself way to seriously.

This album is full of rather heavy and dirty metalcore riffs. It starts out with a pretty cool riff on the "Intro". Sadly, this seems to be the very same guitar riff they recycle and work around on every single track on Count Me In. Each song sound essentially very much like the next song. The only thing that really makes you feel like there's any progression at all, is the fact that the drums get somewhat heavier along the way. The shredding is pretty dirty and at times quite heavy, but not exactly groundbreaking or breathtaking. You'll surely be bored to tears by track three, "Nowhere To Turn". Honestly, would anyone even notice if the first three tracks were mixed into one? I think not.

The drummer is not all that impressive. He does a lot of pretty standard stuff, but at least he keeps the melody somewhat flowing. He even plays some neat fills from time to time. The bass guitarist is unnoticeable on the calmer parts, invisible on the noisier parts. The band has two people handling the beforehand mentioned electric guitars, both of which are equally depressing. There is nothing on this album that will even come close to satisfying a fan of insane shredding, nor a fan of magic chord progression. There's no harmonies, riffs or patterns really worth mentioning. It's all been done so many times before, I get surprised every time I realise that somebody's actually doing it yet another time.

DBD's vocalist is not very appealing at all. July 7, 2006, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. May 22, 2007, this guy scares it away again. Not only is his voice the quite opposite of charming, it's just something about his singing technique that makes the listener feel really tense - not in a good way.
But kudos to Death Before Dishonor for trying out some "call and response", quite reminiscent of A Fire Inside. These guys unfortunately don't pull it off as nicely as AFI does. There's something about the execution that just isn't right.

In addition to these uninteresting performances of musicianship, there's immature and what seems to be forced lyrics to keep them company. The most natural thing to compare the words uttered on Count Me In to is Aiden, and perhaps the first My Chemical Romance album. But where Aiden and My Chemical Romance actually suggest to mean the words, DBD's vocalist creates a forced and laughable atmosphere that doesn't sound the slightest bit genuine. It's like you are listening to a band trying their hardest to be sad and angry, though they have nothing in the world to complain about. It almost reminds me of Korn, a band that's still surfing the teenage angst stuff. But lets not be to cruel now...

Together, these six elements produce a pretty dull and repetitive album, not capable of catching anybody's attention. They could easily mix twelve of the songs together into three songs, and nobody would even dream of thinking that this was made up of twelve totally different pieces. Because they aren't totally different pieces. Actually, they sound ridiculously the same. And they could without trouble have been recorded by just about any below average metalcore act out there.
To be quite honest, the only song that's even on the verge of catching any attention is the thirteenth song, the Cock Sparrer cover, surprisingly enough entitled "Boston Belongs To Me". And the attention they will receive for this cover, if any, is not a positive one. They absolutely kill the classic "England Belongs To Me", with an awkward performance by the guitarists, and horrible vocals. It's simply devastating to listen to.

Conclusion: Count Me In is a very boring listen.
Everybody who's a bit into punk and/or metal will find that this doesn't stand out as something that you'll remember for the rest of your life, or indeed the rest of your day. If you ever try to look for this, you will regret wasting your time on this symbol of mediocre musicianship. This is not interesting, good or original.
There are some listenable throw downs in between, and a few spots that aren't exactly awful - but it never makes it beyond "just listenable".

On Death Before Dishonor's MySpace, it says: "Brutality is not something easily committed to tape", and they've certainly proven themselves right. It takes more of an effort than this. Count Me Out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iarescientists
May 22nd 2007



5863 Comments


Count me out, amirite!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2007



17920 Comments


justing timberlake

Doppelganger
May 22nd 2007



3124 Comments


These guys are a fad among scene kids at my school.

Monticello
May 22nd 2007



805 Comments


Not too bad a review, but address the 'justing timberlake' please.

Is this the one you posted a while ago before the release date?

Tyler
Emeritus
May 22nd 2007



7928 Comments


lots of weird sentence fragments, spelling errors and dead jokes in this, i'd read it over.

Intransit
May 22nd 2007



2797 Comments


Wow a pretty meh review that got mod-deleted for being early is still a pretty meh review. Who would have thunk it?

xbobbyedgex
May 24th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you have no musical taste

you are just pissed that the band is more successful than you will ever be.

this band is one of the hardest working bands on the road today.


Tyler
Emeritus
May 24th 2007



7928 Comments


lol
everyone has musical taste, idiot. it's whether it's good or not you're trying to touch on.This Message Edited On 05.24.07

Tyler
Emeritus
May 24th 2007



7928 Comments


why is this in alt/indie..

indietrash
May 26th 2007



85 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I didn't wanna offend any genre, by putting this band under it.
but they are however indie, no matter how you look on it.
btw, bobbyedge - you suck at life.This Message Edited On 05.26.07

Tyler
Emeritus
May 26th 2007



7928 Comments


they dont fit into alt/indie at all.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2007



6085 Comments


I assume he means literally, like they don't have a label.

edit/ Yeah, their myspace says "Label: Indie." Now that I have their music playing, this isn't that bad. Nothing special, but not 1.5 material.This Message Edited On 05.26.07

Tyler
Emeritus
May 26th 2007



7928 Comments


Yeah I've heard a few songs and they were okay, but the genre sorting is there by sound and not the kind of label you're on (if you're on one at all).

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2007



6085 Comments


I know that, incase you're throwing that at my direction as well as indietrash's.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 27th 2007



7928 Comments


no no, just saying in general

Let's Chop Cats!
June 3rd 2007



142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not a DBD fan, but this release is by no means bad. Also they're a fucking hardcore band.

addicted2iron
June 6th 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

new cd is great i been listenin to it nonstop

liquidpants
June 26th 2007



1 Comments


The cover is of "England Belongs to Me," not "London Belongs to Me." Get your facts right, idiot.

nickpcharrette
November 3rd 2007



110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is in no way a 1.5, and no way a 5 (addicted2iron)

but theres nothing bad about it, just nothing outsanding, but its a good listen occasionally

blackened07
November 3rd 2007



949 Comments


Its fun to listen to about a 3.5 for me.



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