Foreign Objects
The Undiscovered Numbers And Colors


4.0
excellent

Review

by K. McNichols USER (16 Reviews)
October 30th, 2007 | 11 replies | 3,135 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My respect for Deron Miller and Jess Margera increased greatly.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I'll be honest, I've never been a fan of CKY. I hated Volume I, and I've never really thought that Bam and co. were all that funny on the CKY videos, excluding the comedic genius Brandon Dicamillo. But upon closer inspection of their videos, I found I had overlooked another talented individual. Enter CKY's guitarist and main songwriter Deron Miller. I knew from his work in CKY that he was no guitar virtuoso, but in spite of CKY's awful music, I could hear that his riffs were decent. I believe I was watching CKY2K when a small section about Deron Miller and Jess Margera's pre-CKY band, Foreign Objects came on. I had never heard of Foreign Objects, but as I watched Deron performing the solo to Far Cry Behind, I saw that Foreign Objects had major potential. Thus began my hunt for this hard-to-find gem. His work with Foreign Objects sounded much more serious and driven than CKY, and dare I say a bit more oriented towards his death metal influences.

That's right people, you probably wouldn't know it from listening to CKY, but Deron Miller is a big death metal aficionado. He's currently working with James Murphy on a Death tribute. He even does the foreword in the booklet for The Erosion of Sanity on Roadrunner's Two From The Vault edition of Gorguts' first two albums. I was surprised to say the least. But don't get me wrong here, Foreign Objects' debut EP is no Death, and certainly no Gorguts. I can't call it death metal, and it certainly can't be called rock, pop, thrash, or any other conventional genre label. Wikipedia calls it math metal, melodic metal, and even experimental. I can agree with those tags, although none of those really define what can be heard on this great album.

The lineup consists of Deron Miller and Jess Margera, the latter of course being the drummer from CKY. Diving right into the music, we hear the title track, and a prime example of the type of quirky riffs and rhythms that can be found on the rest of the EP's contents. Only a few seconds into the main section, Deron's vocals come in, and you can hear a bit of what I was talking about when I mentioned his death metal influences. The singing style used here is a mix of a raspy kind of yell, and it works well. A great thing about the album is that the music itself is far from death metal, yet the vocals work so well.

As soon as Far Cry Behind kicks in, you can listen a bit further and notice the sound of a violin thrown in the mix. One of my favorite moments of this brief album comes in at 1:32, Deron's fantastic and melodic solo. There is no shredding and arpeggiated Cooley-esque leadwork to be found here, in fact if I'm remembering correctly, the aforementioned solo is the only one present on the entirety of the 14 minutes. Jess Margera's contributions behind the kit are not lost on my ears; I'm usually not the type to examine drumwork, but I noticed the rhythm patterns work pretty well.

Deron and Jess keep it coming with The Other Side of the End of the Universe, which has one of the catchiest riffs on the entire EP at :37. The only low point for me is the 4th track, Delve. It actually sort of reminds me of a more upbeat attempt at the piano intro to Condemned To Obscurity by Gorguts. Not a horrible track, but it definitely is outshined by the rest of the material. But at only 1 minute in length, you can't really complain.

The album closes with my personal favorite, Destination Undefined. Containing a great main riff courtesy of Deron, the song ends before you really even have time to enjoy it.

The follow up to this album, Universal Culture Shock features James Murphy's stunning guitar solo contributions and is actually a full length effort. Along with this it was re-released in 2005 as a double-disc set.

Overall:
Deron and Jess are capable of writing great music, and they prove it with this bite-sized EP that shines above anything CKY has ever done. As hard as it is to track down, it's well worth your time. Deron writes great and unusual riffs, and Jess holds it all together behind the kit. Not death metal, not math metal, not experimental, but all three and more. I think there's only one way to accurately describe a band like this......

Foreign Objects: more than meets the eye!

Recommended Tracks:
Far Cry Behind
The Other Side of the End of The Universe
Destination Undefined




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rattlehead42147
October 30th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a lot of fun writing this, and it turned out a lot longer than i thought it would considering the length of the album. anyone interested in hearing this or buying it can find it on itunes for 5$, or i can send it over email.

I've become a pretty lazy reviewer and had Cynic's Focus set as my next album to review, but i realized last night that since this was so short it would be easy to review, and might actually get this band some listeners.This Message Edited On 10.30.07

any14doomsday
October 30th 2007



679 Comments


they are WAAAAAAAAAAAY better then CKY !

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 30th 2007



4927 Comments


album cover is cool, but anything relating to CKY can go to hell.

clairvoyant
October 30th 2007



765 Comments


i enjoyed cky's album infiltrate-destroy-rebuild...

this probably doesnt appeal to me...i am not exactly a death metal fan

kalkal50
October 30th 2007



2386 Comments


Intro is kind of choppy. I wouldn't be surprised if this was math metal judging by the cover.


hermitspancho
October 30th 2007



278 Comments


great review , makes the ep sound well worth a listen despite the cky connection ! Hard one to find though, might have to bite bullet and actually use itunes

rattlehead42147
October 30th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this probably doesnt appeal to me...i am not exactly a death metal fan

it's not death metal at all really, but the influence can be heard in the vocals. best described as "metal"
great review , makes the ep sound well worth a listen despite the cky connection ! Hard one to find though, might have to bite bullet and actually use itunes

as i said, i can send this through email or upload it and link you
album cover is cool, but anything relating to CKY can go to hell.

the entire purpose of the intro paragraph is to try to get the reader to understand this sounds nothing like, and is much better than said band. trust me, get this, i'll be glad to email it.
Intro is kind of choppy.

this reveiw was written in under 30 minutes. but i put the first two sentences into one, that helped.This Message Edited On 10.30.07

LifeInABox
November 4th 2007



3708 Comments


NEG NEG NEG NEG

rattlehead42147
November 4th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude you didn't even vote. how could you?!!!!!!
but seriously. come on. throw me a vote. do it. think about it. please. i beg you.

LifeInABox
November 6th 2007



3708 Comments


NEG NEG NEG NEG

ozzmonkey
November 3rd 2009



33 Comments


Awesome review! I love Deron Miller, he's one of my musical influences. Make sure to look out for his side project World Under Blood (they got a few songs on Myspace). Deron has an amazing metal voice as much as he does a rock voice. I really wanna get this album. I've heard a lot of Foreign Objects on the internet but its so expensive.



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