Made Out of Babies
The Ruiner


4.0
excellent

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
August 29th, 2008 | 88 replies | 12,090 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In short terms, this album surprised me.

I first heard of Made Out of Babies when I heard of Battle of Mice, since they share the same singer, Julie Christmas (who by the way, which I will mention many times, is a beast of a singer.) I checked this band out on a whim because of the amazing vocal performance by Julie on "A Day of Nights."

In short terms, this album surprised me. I'll start off with the vocals. Julie Christmas is a damn beast of a singer, with her scream so incredibly bone chilling but emotional (think like a female Dustin Kensrue here, that's how I see it), and her singing one of a kind of anyone in the music scene (if you know anyone who sounds like her, I'd love to know). I'd go as far to say that as of now, she is my favorite female singer. The musicianship is also top notch, with great bass lines audible throughout the whole album, with the drums laying out the other half of the rhythm in a different way (I have a hard time describing how I feel about them.) The guitar work is also very fine on here, with some chrushing riffs, to some bone chilling finger work (notably in the chorus of the first song, "Choker").

Made Out of Babies started out in 2005 with their debut album, Trophy. They are best described as a mix between noise rock band Jesus Lizard and post-metal band Isis. This, in effect, makes this band a very hard band to categorize, and I, for one, find that post-hardcore fits their music the best. Although in some songs, such as "The Major," you hear a very heavy influence of grunge in the chorus, or in other epic songs such as the 7 minute "Stranger", you have a song that sounds like it could go on an Isis cd. And "Peew," on the other hand, reminds me a lot of "Kill Me Quickly" by Thrice (don't ask me how I made that connection).

Describing the album as a whole, the first song kicks it off well, but this album shines through the second half, with most of it's greatest tracks appearing on the later half.

Your first introduction the Julie's powerful screams are the beginning and chorus of the first song, Choker. I think she has someone screaming under her in the beginning, but her screams are great because it goes along with the huge explosion of sound that is the beginning. Also, her screams of "Run, run for your life!" with the guitar in the background will creep up your spine and actually make you think that the end of the world is coming.

I believe that the bass player here should get some special recognition here. He is the main foundation of the band, laying down the canvas with extremely well played bass lines that shine throughout the whole album, but never take over a song, nor does he try to be flashy with super extravagant bass lines.

The lyrics on most of this album are very strange, and it all has to do with the way Julie writes the lyrics. In an interview with Decibel magazine about how she wrote her lyrics to "A Day of Nights" shows a glimpse of how the lyrics on this album (and all of their albums for that matter) can be interpreted:

Quote:
Originally Posted by interview
"I don't even always write lyrics as myself, or even from a human point of view. First I create a character, then I inhabit it. I might pretend to be a hinge on a door, and write from its perspective." Maybe it's the hinge talk, or maybe the cell connection."
In conclusion, what makes this album standout from the plethora of other acts out today? I truly believe that Made Out of Babies is an extraordinary band that I will have to keep my eye on. Whether it's the erratic guitar work, or the smooth but great bass lines, or the stomping vocal performance of Julie, this is a band that proves their worth very early on.

Recommended Tracks
Choker
Bunny Boots
Stranger
Peew

A solid 4/5



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah this is a great album, and good review. shouldn't be under post hardcore though.

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what do you think it should be under, I'm quite confused under what this band should be under.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

honestly i would just put them under simply 'rock' or 'metal'

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008


16088 Comments


put them under metal.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 29th 2008


2125 Comments


Not a bad review, but

a female Dustin Kensrue


wtf

Crimson
August 29th 2008


1935 Comments


loved A Day Of Nights, so I'm guessing this would be right up my alley

fireaboveicebelow
August 29th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome album, good review but you didn't answer your question at the end in my opinion

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008


16088 Comments


It's pretty different.

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I meant her screams sounded like a female version of Dustin Kensrue is all.

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, and this is album is different then A Day of Nights in that the songs have a faster tempo as opposed to the doom style of Battle of Mice

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008


16088 Comments


Battle of Mice is a very doom centric band yes...

Kage
August 29th 2008


1173 Comments


this sounds really cool, i gotta check it out. good review

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just out of curiosity, any tips on the review? How to improve it, etc.?

InsertTacosHere
August 29th 2008


153 Comments


Just downloaded this from seeing your review; what a cool cd. If I may offer some advice, I would like to see more about the songs and how they fit together to make the album. Don't just focus on 'the singer sounds like this' and 'the bassist sounds like that.

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, I wanted to include more of the songs, but I felt like if I did that I'd ramble myself into a tbt, which I try to avoid doing.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 29th 2008


3995 Comments


Album is super overrated.

SnackaryBinx
August 29th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why do you think that? I listened to this album not hearing anything about it and found it to be quite great.

BlindWriting
August 30th 2008


102 Comments


I'm glad I saw this review, the band is pretty neat and the Isis (early works, I'd say) crossed with Jesus Lizard comparison is pretty apt.

As for review tips, I'd say, for next time, try to avoid all that "I think...", "it blew me away", "I believe" kind of stuff. And since this band falls into an interesting genre category, with an aggressive female singer to boot, think about their place in contemporary music.

chewytapeworm
September 1st 2008


492 Comments


Just wrapped my ears round this teriffically named band after reading this review + i gotta say it's wonderfully warped stuff! Good review, and agreed about the singer- Her voice is devastating!

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 1st 2008


3995 Comments


Snackary, I think a lot of people think that this music is "devastating[ly heavy]" as chewytapeworm broke it down for us. There is more br00tal music, more inventive music, and also tighter written music. On top of that I'm not a big fan of the vocals like others seems to be. On a subjective level, this just leaves a bad flavor in my mouth, and on a more objective this is nothing revolutionary. My "cutting edge" panties are not in a bunch over this.



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