In/Humanity
Violent Resignation: The Great American Teenage Su


2.0
poor

Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
June 21st, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emoviolence that will make you bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

Allow me to begin with a completely unnecessary questionnaire:

What do you call a garbage man that loves Pavement?

indietrash

What does indietrash call every hardcore band ever?

emoviolence

Who began the entire “movement” of emoviolence, (under the terms that you can call about five bands a movement) coined the phrase, (seriously or jokingly, it doesn’t really matter) and got the wheels spinning in one of the most obscure and joked-about subgenres in modern music?

That would be vocalist/lyricist Chris Bickel, guitarist Paul Swanson, and any group of assorted musicians the two could find. Banned together the group was known as In/Humanity.

So, there’s no doubt that the band isn’t using uninteresting sound clips, chanting terrible phrases (We are the Kids) or dicking around with unnecessary effects, they are one of the most brutal, intense, emotional bands of all-time. When Bickel screams, you can just about hear his lungs collapsing inside of him. When Swanson plays, you can just about hear blisters forming and popping on his hands. And when the other various accomplices join in, you can just about hear them thinking “What the fuck did I get myself into?” as they pound on their respective instruments. And while it may all be fun on one level, it doesn’t really amount to anything. And while the band thrashes away, the listener can only wonder “Why?” Is there supposed to be a point to the music? Is this actually trying to put through a message to the listener? The only decipherable screams throughout the whole album were on the track “Teenage Suicide – Do It!” where the lyrics were aptly “Teenage Suicide!!!!! Dooooooooo It!!!!!” The only other lyrics I could track down on the internet were for “Super Plan B” which essentially says the same thing, albeit more eloquently. “Got a lions share stock in suicide/Got a way out when I gotta get out/Gotta get goin' when the going gets tough/Gotta move and shake things when the waters are rough/S.I.D. is the place to be/Self Inflicted Death makes a super plan B.”

It essentially feels like the band is being hardcore, just for the sake of being hardcore. It feels as though the band never wanted to really make music, they just wanted to play music in some seedy basement downtown with twenty other people and beat the *** out of each other all night. So, while that is respectable in its own right, it makes it hard to review such an album. This album wasn’t made to be reviewed, it was made so people who weren’t around where/when In/Humanity was playing, so they could take it, put it in their home stereos, gather twenty of their friends and break *** in their basement all night long.

Unfortunately, I do have to give a rating to this. For the actual album, I can’t really give it much higher than a 2/5. It feels wrong because I know the band never really took themselves too seriously, but if they were going to joke around, they should have at least done it well.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iarescientists
June 21st 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

game, set, match

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2007


6100 Comments


u do not understandz the music negnegneg

nah, but really. short, sweet, and to the point.

MeowMeow
June 21st 2007


662 Comments


This sounds like something I would hate. lol Emoviolence.

Aficionado
June 21st 2007


1027 Comments


Good review. Funny subgenre name.This Message Edited On 06.21.07

slep
June 21st 2007


1604 Comments


Nice simple review. Lol at the indietrash refrence.

iarescientists
June 21st 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Where is Iluv? He gave this a 4 and I must confront him!

Aficionado
June 21st 2007


1027 Comments


Maybe he liked the "passionate" aspect of the music.

204409
Emeritus
June 21st 2007


3996 Comments


Haha that review sucked pretty hard. All you do is talk about "how much" or "to what extent" In/Humanity plays music, which I think is the wrong question to ask when reviewing an album. Then you sorta try to answer other stuff but it waxes philosophical in a most unsavory way.

iarescientists
June 21st 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dammit, I was hoping nobody would catch on to that.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 21st 2007


4927 Comments


he got you.

I like the questionnaire though.This Message Edited On 06.21.07

cbmartinez
June 22nd 2007


2525 Comments


This review doesn't do the album justice. I'm going to review this album seeing as it's one of my favorites.

Brain Dead
June 22nd 2007


1150 Comments


Nah, I actually like reviews in this style better, as opposed to entirely dissecting the dynamics of a band's sound.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I laughed when reading this a little.

Fort23
June 24th 2007


2480 Comments


Alright review. This Message Edited On 07.10.07

jeremologyy
July 3rd 2007


275 Comments


haha i know. i know.
i'm testing it.

hahahahaha..

it was supposed to be released on iTunes like, a week ago.
i don't know what happened.

Plutonio
April 10th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol

slowhobo
September 7th 2010


2 Comments


far from the proper way to listen to the bands music, check out the albums/eps/7in for proper exposure

cbmartinez
March 24th 2011


2525 Comments


i'm listening to this now, so fucking good, this review is whack

Adabelle
June 10th 2012


4260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woah, the third rating I have in common with Hanson



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