Some general impressions
I've gotten into this album after reading about the first single, 'Smothered', here on MX on the topic of "The perfect Nu-Metal CD". I did not like them a lot on their last album, only one or two tracks (New Disease, Synthetic). But I checked out the song, and soon afterwards the whole album. It's better than I expected. No more Loops and overused samples. Samples are rather used to underline a certain mood in a song, not to build the main base of the track. Much more melodic vocals. More sides of music, more elements of rock and similar stuff are present here.
Of course, the basic style of music is not completely changed. But that was not to be expected. The first track "Violent Mood Swings" rocks pretty good. Before I even noticed what happened the first time I listened to it, I found myself softly banging my head. "Beginning of the end" is more like a slightly heavier rock song, with clean vocals that might remind one of Ozzy in a way. Nu-Metal is there in the form of tracks like "Stillborn" or "Falls apart", but done pretty well. At least better as many other combos of the Nu-Metal Genre IMO.
What I really like about the album:
It's a real fun record, and great to listen to. SDP was my constant rotation in my DiscMan for about two or three weeks (which does not happen often). What's great IMO is the use of much more melodic and clean vocals compared to the previous record "Height of calousness". Shouting, Screaming and clean vocals are pretty well combined. Like mentioned before, the use of samples is better as well. Synthie parts that remined me of Depeche Mode ("Forgotten"), or that underline a certain mood of a song are very well placed ("Beginning of the End", "Slavery").
What was not so good:
After listening to the album for a while, I got the feeling that the songs start more or less the same way. Same way of intro playing. And from my view as a bassist, the bass lines are not very exciting. They fit the songs well, but a little variation or more complex arrangement here or there would've been good.
Spineshank do not re-invent music in general or Metal/Nu-Metal in specific with this record. It's nothing that was not there before. But compared to their previous record, or to other bands playing music of that style, it's a very solid album. No real lows for me. If you did not like the first two albums, you might still want to give "Self Destructive Pattern" a chance, as it is a major step in another direction. Listening suggestions are: Beginning of the end, Self Destructive Pattern, Fallback.
I liked New Disease from their previous album, but borrowed the whole thing from a friend and wasn't too impressed. I'm even less impressed with this album, as I couldn't even find a new New Disease to like. So, I hate the album, but you've done a good review.
This is one of my favorite albums, I really enjoyed The Height Of Callousness album and hated their first album Strictly Deisel. I would give this offering a 4 1/2-5 since I feel the it is flawless, and really do suggest to anyone who hasn't heard Spineshank to at least give it a listen all the way through. :thumb:
This album was my first "Shank" experience. Needless to say, i'm hooked! 'Violent Mood Swings' is the perfect intro and tracks like 'Consumed (Obsessive Compulsive)' and 'Smothered' are just perfect when you want to psyche yourself up for something.
I enjoyed this more than HOC and SD, only because it seems a little more complete and (dare i say) melodic.
Good luck to Johny in his new band! (And great review!)
I don't reckon so. SD's got some good tracks, and it's very raw, but kinda ametuerish and inconsistent. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is quite a good job on there part, and alot better than all the other (and there are many) metal covers out there. I also like Detached very much, but overall, I'd go the Pattern or the Callousness every time.
I think the best part of this album is listening to the progression that the band took to get it. Strictly Diesel was, in my mind, very reminiscent of the Deftones style, which is by no means a bad thing. Then they moved on to the electronic based THOC album which to me had many standout tracks and a few sorta fillers.
But SDP... my god! Much like the reviewer, it didn't leave my Discman for weeks. And if it happened to do so, it would only be going to another CD player so I could continue listening. From "Violent Mood Swings" right through to "Dead To Me", the album is sheer brilliance.