Pat The Human
Presents: Bruteforce


2.0
poor

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
August 10th, 2008 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another band that attempts to amalgamate metalcore with good ol' fashion southern rock...is anybody ever going to get this right?

Pat The Human is a seven piece metalcore band hailing from Dallas, Texas, so it should be no surprise that they would be yet another band to jump on the metalcore/southern rock bandwagon. In actuality, the band should really just be a six piece, but we will get to that little technicality in a moment. The current line up of Pat The Human, (commonly referred to as PTH) is as follows... (last names are not listed for the simple reason that none are listed anywhere I have looked)

Corey - Vocals
Pico - Vocals
Colton - Guitar
Jorge - Guitar
Colin - Bass
Ramone - Drums
Matt - Lights?

That's right, they have a member who plays lights. This may sound ridiculous, except for the fact that their live show consists of what can only be described as an epic lighting display, which is actually operated by a keyboard apparatus, hence actually "playing" lights. However, on the actual album, Matt contributes absolutely nothing. Musically, the band itself is a mixed bag.

The vocals consist of the general throaty roars and screams commonly found in the genre. The vocalist that does the lower roars puts on a surprisingly good performance, but the higher vocalist is another matter entirely. The higher screams, if you can call them that, are terribly grating and irritating. The only way I can think of to describe it would be to imagine Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) having a sever asthma attack. Needless to say, it isn't pleasant. The guitarists, as you may have guessed already, throw out a slew of metalcore riffs, breakdowns, and southern rock style guitar parts, albeit a bit heavier than usual. Most metal albums nowadays suffer from a seemingly absent bass player, but this album suffers from quite the opposite. The bass is so loud at times it gets irritating, and even though their bassist isn't exactly bad, it makes the sound incredibly fuzzy due to the low production value. The drummer is decent, though extremely underwhelming. There are a few decent drum fills in the album but nothing more than that. There are a few moments within the songs that include some synths, which can be irritating for the most part, but sometimes works fairly well. Clean vocals are also present, but in very small doses.

The intro song, Welcome To Brute Force, seems to be a sound clip from a monster/sci fi movie, which spans a little over a minute. It doesn't really serve a purpose at all, but most intro tracks of this nature don't. Cornbread N Cropcircles, is a decent enough song for the first half minute or so. The song opens with a decent and slightly thrashy guitar riff and then breaks into an almost deathcore-ish verse, before the southern rock riffery takes hold. The insanely loud bass only serves to could up the sound during the breakdowns, and it also seems that the bass is somewhat off tempo at times, which is simply unacceptable on an album. If you have the opportunity to try as much as you want to get a part right on an album, why not do that? The song gets pretty much ruined when the horrendous higher screams come into play, not to mention the song turns into one long southern rock breakdown after that.

This is pretty much the formula for the rest of the cd. Songs start off with a pseudo heavy riff or breakdown, and the screaming ensues, followed by a torrent of uninspired and bland guitar work, accompanied by a flurry of average drumming. Now that's not to say the album isn't without its decent moments. There are some decent and well used gang shouts in the second song Bts, as well as some surprisingly decent clean vocals. If the clean vocals do happen to be coming from the higher screamer, one can only hope he sticks to singing the next time around. Halfway through the song a rather cheesy audio sample comes in with the line "don't make me destroy you" and then the breakdown ensues, causing the song to take a rapid downhill turn, which is only saved by the previously mentioned decent clean vocals. Even though the vocals are decent enough the lyrics are bland and uninspired, as the singer rambles on about love and dancing under star filled skys. The song then goes through yet another breakdown.

The breakdowns in the album are ridiculously frequent, rearing their ugly heads at least 4 times in every song, which is only made worse by the fact that they are completely uninspired and boring. The album's only real saving grace is The Workout Song. The song is exactly what it states, its a workout routine that PTH apparently made up and wrote a song about. The song is 90% breakdown, but the lyrics and ridiculous shouts make it surprisingly enjoyable. I mean seriously, who wouldn't enjoy shouting "HGH, AND PROTEIN SHAKES" over what is perhaps the album's only decent breakdown. Enjoyable as it may be, the novelty will quickly wear off after repeated listens.

However enjoyable The Workout Song may be, it simply can't justify buying the entire album. The rest of the album is so underwhelming and boring, its hard to even pay attention to it. At times I found myself more interested in picking at my toenails than listening to the music. My suggestion to you as a listener, would be to simply download The Workout Song, and then wait to see if their next album is better.

Pros
-Decent clean vocals on some songs
-Decent growling vocals

Cons
-Instrumental aspects are completely bland and uninspiring
-This album actually contains places where the instruments get off track which is completely unacceptable in my opinion
-High vocals are dreadful
-The bass is so loud it ends up being detrimental to the overall sound



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marksellsuswallets
August 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry if the lack of album art bothers some, but I really could not find it anywhere.

marksellsuswallets
August 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm pretty sure its the name version, if not then they are even more ridiculous than I thought

IAmInsect
August 10th 2008


3799 Comments


Yet another band that attempts to amalgamate metalcore with good ol' fashion southern rock...is anybody ever going to get this right?
he is legend

marksellsuswallets
August 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He Is Legend's new album really disappointed me. The non southern rock songs were great, but the ones that included the southern stuff got on my nerves a bit. Except Stampede...Stampede was awesome

Polaris
August 10th 2008


246 Comments


He Is Legend really has very little to do with Southern Rock.

marksellsuswallets
August 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Have you heard their new album?
They incorporate a lot of southern rock into the sound.
Just listen to Electronic Throat, the lyrics are even southern rock...ish

IAmInsect
August 10th 2008


3799 Comments


true but they're the best band close to the kind described in the summary that i've heard, which isn't saying much
eidt: @ polarisThis Message Edited On 08.10.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2008


17944 Comments


except they invented it

Polaris
August 10th 2008


246 Comments


Yeah i've heard the newest HIL, and I really didn't pick up on any Southern Rock.

They may have some influence, sure, but nothing substantial.This Message Edited On 08.10.08

iamthenightmare
August 11th 2008


754 Comments


i've only heard the workout song by these guys but i absolutely loved it. its so damn ridiculous and over the top. apparently the rest of the cd isnt nearly as much fun(which is a damn shame) but im still gonna check this out

UnderFlames
August 11th 2008


268 Comments


I found the cover art!

http://josh.abiel.com/images/pthcover.jpg



Good review too.

marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well its not working...thanks for trying though haha.

UnderFlames
August 11th 2008


268 Comments


:'(


Meh, I only went on the bands' myspace and clicked on one of their blogs that said CD COVER ART. :PThis Message Edited On 08.11.08

marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wow...I overlooked that one.
Man...I feel dumb

DWittisarockstar
August 11th 2008


1501 Comments


God's Revolver is pretty good Southern Rock/metalcore. And old ETID I guess.

good review

marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ETID is completely awesome. Their old stuff has very little southern influence, though it is there. Their newer stuff has a lot more southern rock stuff in it, and I think they've come about as close as you can get to making the sound work.This Message Edited On 08.11.08

lindsowesto
August 18th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cornbread N' Cropcircles doesn't start with a breakdown, actually.



marksellsuswallets
August 18th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Woah my bad, somehow the song order got mixed up on my itunes and it started off with Prom Night With Hester Prynne.
(fixed)
Guess I got negged by a fanboy again... sigh.

marksellsuswallets
August 18th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Is it normal for people to create a profile for the sole purpose of negging somebody out of fanboyism?

lindsowesto
August 18th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

First off, not a 'fan boy'.
Suggestion.
Next time you try to write a 'decent' review, make sure you at least know what you're talking about.
Very poorly written.



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