The Locust
The Locust


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
June 20th, 2007 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Locust's self-titled is good, quick, and menacing.

This album is simply ridiculous. Every bit of the lyrics is hysterical (with a hint of witty intelligence), the keyboard is the melody for the majority, and it is just an overall explosion. It is the almost equivalent of diarrhea spewing out of an elephant. The Locust managed to cram twenty songs in sixteen minutes with their self-titled release. In fact, I think this album was made for people with attention deficit disorder because I cannot remain focused on one song at a time; it goes by too fucking quickly. The album is noisy, raw, and productive. While this is a considerable step up from their earliest work, it still pales in comparison to their newest releases. The vocals are incomprehensible throughout with at times piercing screams, but the instruments make up for it. During this record, some excellent drum patterns provided are clearly hardcore punk influenced, and the fills coalesce well with the overall direction of the music. The drum and bass can act as walls of sound but at the same time carry the song. Likewise, the keyboard drives this album to a greater standard of listening.

The keyboard holds down the melody for a good portion of the album. The keyboard parts are particularly brilliant on “Moth-Eaten Deer Head” when it brings the song into full swing after the heap of noise created by the guitar to make something that sounds like a swarm of Locusts. There is a brief pause with only the keyboard in the middle and it is a fantastic and evil carnival-type sound produced. In addition, “Twenty-Three Full-Time Cowboys” has a quite noticeable keyboard intro that sets the tempo for the entire song. However, the bass and guitar are more on the abrasive side like on tracks such as, “Brand New Set of Teeth” and “Backbones of Jack Asses,” but they make it work in a sick and twisted beautiful manner by manipulating to perfection. A noticeable drum oriented song would be “Halfway To A Worthless Ideal Arrangement (An Interlude To A Discontinued Sarcastic Harmony...Yea Whatever)” where the song begins with a rolling fill and then eventually breaks off into a grind break down to end the song. The songs do retain their own unique identity whether it is the song with the weird keyboard trill or the song with that sick distorted bass pause.

The bottom line is that this is a grind and thrash medley of songs. It goes by so quick and so efficiently, you may double take what you just heard. Regardless, it can be enjoyable for what you make it as, expect something unpolished and abrasive. In addition, expect something that has the change to bloom into what it is today. The Locust finds a way to make it fun for listeners. While it is nowhere near their best work, this album is a good way to show how the The Locust evolved. So if you want your ass kicked, check it out and recognize The Locust are not here to be the beauty queens of music.

Recommended Tracks:

Moth - Eaten Deer Head
Brand New Set Of Teeth
The Perils Of Believing In Round Squares
Straight From The Horses Mouth
Backbones Of Jack Asses
High-Maintenance Libido, Bring The Whole Family



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 21st 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey, so that was short.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2007


17920 Comments


i listened to new erections today and it was good so i'll probably get more locust albums sometime yes

good review although i didnt read it

Intransit
June 21st 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good.

LifeInABox
June 21st 2007


3708 Comments


i listened to new erections today and it was good so i'll probably get more locust albums sometime yes
Get Plague Soundscapes. It's better than New Erections, Oh so much better, even though NE is super awesome.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 26th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hbp, you should probably get this. You might like it if you like Plague Soundscapes better than New Erections

LifeInABox
July 21st 2007


3708 Comments


I think I will get this today, hopefully.

LifeInABox
July 22nd 2007


3708 Comments


Album is great. Better than NE, but not PS. Classic Grind album none-the-less.

Intransit
July 23rd 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New Erections>>Safety Second>>>>Plague Soundscapes.

New Erections will probably be like the Dookie of Grind that gets a bunch of people into it. Hell, did it for me. This Message Edited On 07.22.07

blackmilk
July 23rd 2007


584 Comments


Uh not it won't.

LifeInABox
July 23rd 2007


3708 Comments


Yeah, it won't. PD is the face of Grind that everyone gets into first.

Plague Soundscapes > S/t >>>> New Erections

windpromoteshate
February 23rd 2009


179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isn't grind...

TITSandGORE
April 6th 2012


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this fuckin band and album

TITSandGORE
April 6th 2012


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anybody watch the springer ep with one of the band members on it?



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