United Nations
United Nations


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
September 8th, 2008 | 498 replies | 40,024 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will the members of United Nations please stand up

Let’s face it; new bands live off hype. For many, it may take weeks of press releases to various music websites and publications and yet, the outcome can turn for the worst. However, all United Nations needed were twenty-four hours to explode. Music websites and message boards jumped to link the supergroup’s album stream that sparked music communities around the internet to decide the rest. After all, it becomes relatively easy to spread the news when you hear about the possible* artists contributing on United Nations’ self-titled debut. However, hype was just the beginning of United Nations’ true motives.

With so many different stylistic backgrounds among members, this album could go in a slew of directions. Confirmed guitarist/vocalist Geoff Rickly of Thursday disclosed in an earlier interview that United Nations sound is reminiscent to the mid-90s screamo/ grindcore bands that silently swept through basements across the country. However, please don’t expect to hear Orchid or Portraits of Past. United Nations are far more melodic overall behind their endless wall of frantic and chaotic music. In fact, United Nations are recapturing a sound and creating something delectably refreshing, even if they are not serious about their band.

‘Cause we all live in a yellow submarine / in a yellow submarine we live / we all live in a cellophane dream’ utters Geoff in “Resolution #9,” as blast-beats and guitar create a wildly catchy song. Assuming the lyrical excerpt is a mockery of the Beatles (to add to their flaming Abbey Road limited edition album cover) only leads me to believe the album may be littered with such quips. And with that comes “The Shape of Punk That Never Came,” deeming the obvious relationship with the critically acclaimed Refused album, The Shape Of Punk To Come. A statement like such leads to a question of how serious the musicianship will be.

Fortunately, I will have to admit that United Nations pulled it together musically. There are songs that turn out truly beautiful like “My Cold War” and “The Shape Of Punk That Never Came” as it ends sounding rather somber. Both songs have that ‘umph’ yet still maintain a melodic backbone. One of the notable standout tracks, “Subliminal Testing,” ends with one of the best guitar riffs I have heard this year in addition to being one of the more versed songs on the album. Lastly, you will find, “Say Goodbye To General Figment of The USS Imagination,” which envelops the qualities found within the entire album. Among the on-and-off melodic/coarse vocals countered with dense power-chord riffs and occasional finger tapping, it finds a way to come together as it ends with a beautiful free-jazz saxophone solo to end a truly unique album. “Say Goodbye To General Figment of The USS Imagination” is all the chaos and beauty that screamo stood for back in the mid-90s and what United Nations stand for today.

All in all, with United Nations you will find a solid screamo/grindcore album, but this album can be viewed in so many different directions. There will be the screamo elitist who will call this a complete pile of shit, something laughable compared to the legends of the past. Other will see United Nation’s self-titled as a complete joke that was simply intended to screw with critics and fans alike. Some will see this as the God’s greatest gift to humanity. Then there are people like me, who find this as an exciting, entertaining, and solid listen regardless of what may behind it. Who knows the true intentions of United Nations, but it will surely cause a stir within music communities and believe me, I am certain they will be there watching us squirm; and they will love every minute of it. Choose wisely.




*With the official line-up unknown at this point, it’s impossible to really know. Rumors have been floating around but what seems to be the only confirmed member is Geoff Rickly of Thursday. Daryl Palumbo of GlassJAw and Ben Koller of Converge are two strong possibilities due to what has been said in interviews and what has been posted on Converge’s website and GlassJAw’s fan website. It’s honestly useless speculating at this point because of the record contract clause that causes this discrepancy, which gets a big fuck you right now.



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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ugh. I almost wanted to leave this without a rating at all.
Anyway, For the recluses out there: ttp://www.myspace.com/unitednationsThis Message Edited On 09.08.08

Essence
September 8th 2008


3585 Comments


Well done. Summarized my thoughts perfectly. Good, refreshing, but not mind blowing.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2008


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dude i sent you my review to proofread it not post it

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

woops!

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wicked review, completely right about this band exploding in like 24 hours.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

PatchworkNeurology
September 8th 2008


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who knew Geoff Rickly loved to be such a douche.

Great review, great album.

I hope to hear the kids-bop version of this album.
I'll laugh tears.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band had a lot of recognition at punknews and a few other places because of Daryl and Geoff. Daryl is definitely part of this. Don't think that bogus "can't reveal the band members" thing is real.

As somebody who is both an "emo elitist" and also enjoys pretty much everything that the band members have put out elsewhere (Thursday, Glassjaw, HA, #12, Converge, etc.), I have to say that this is pretty middle of the road. It's funny because they are inspired by some cool bands and some shitty bands. Let's just put it this way: Textbook Traitors and all related bands suck pretty hard.


Tyler
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say the contractual obligations holding the rest of the band members' names back are legit. We know Koller, Rickley and Palumbo are in the band but that's about it.

AtavanHalen
September 8th 2008


17927 Comments


This looks fantastic, can't wait to hear it.

astrel
September 8th 2008


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its pretty good.

JumpTheF**kUp
September 8th 2008


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No Sympathy For A Sinking Ship rules.

kattunlover69
September 8th 2008


1194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

filmed in front of a live studio audience is kinda kreepy

astrel
September 8th 2008


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as your mother, at sex.
Zing.

Tits McGee
September 8th 2008


1876 Comments


Very well written review, even though I don't agree with the rating. I can't say enough though at how let down I am by this.

Duderino
September 8th 2008


827 Comments


It's kind of retarded how everyone makes it so important that "they're a screamo/powerviolence/grindcore/OMFG band!!!11"This Message Edited On 09.08.08

foreverendeared
September 8th 2008


14678 Comments


Textbook Traitors and all related bands suck pretty hard
damnit textbook traitors rule

HighandDriving
September 8th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Umm I'm pretty sure almost everyone involved in this has been confirmed by Geoff.

Geoff Rickly- guitar/vocals
Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw, Head Automatica)- vocalist
Ben Koller (Converge)- Drums
Christopher Cronger (formerly The Number 12 Looks Like You)- Drums
Eric Cooper (Made Out Of Babies)- Bass
Jonah Bayer (The Lovekill)

I'm not sure about the Lovekill but there was an interview where Geoff name dropped Eric and Che.

The big question is who plays guitar on this besides Geoff?

My guess is Ben Koller.This Message Edited On 09.08.08

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah sorry dude but there are 4 members in this band

HighandDriving
September 8th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One sec.

Edit: Couldn't find any hard proof but just cause the promo shots feature 4 guys, doesn't mean that there aren't more.

I thought it was farely well known that Che from #12 and Eric from Made Out Of Babies are apart of this.This Message Edited On 09.08.08

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is the reason why I didn't disclose the line-up in the first place. Get a clue dude, no one knows, and I'm certain that you aren't the one person who actually knows the line-up.



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