I Set My Friends On Fire
You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter


3.0
good

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
October 10th, 2008 | 131 replies | 26,418 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Remember those two trendy kids from Florida that did the post-hardcore version of Crank That? Well they have a full length album out now, and to be perfectly honest, its pretty good.

If you have owned a computer at any point in the past year or so, then you have undoubtedly come across ISMFOF at some point. Maybe you were aware of it, maybe you weren't, but chances are you have, at one time or another, heard the so called "screamo" version of the ever so popular Crank That, originally penned by Soulja Boy. If you haven't, then you are more than likely a very unkempt man living in a cave somewhere in the Tennessee foothills that is completely oblivious to modern civilization, in which case you probably wouldn't even be reading this review in the first place, but I digress. Since the point in time that Crank That was unleashed on the web, ISMFOF has been signed to Epitaph records, and they now have a full length album, and honestly, its not half bad.

The album itself is a hodgepodge of various instruments and genres, running the gambit from metalcore, to hip-hop, to post-hardcore, to pop-punk, to synth pop, and just about everywhere in between. In fact, hodgepodge is probably the best word to describe this album, as pretty much every aspect of it is all over the place. The vocal deliveries range from high pitched screeches and autotuned clean vocals (a la T-Pain), to obscenely overdubed harmony tracks intermingled with gang shouts, throaty screaming, and even a few pseudo-death growls. As you may have guessed, the instruments used here are just as varied as everything else. The only "real" instruments found in the soundscape are the guitars and bass, with the rest consisting of a veritable smorgasbord of programmed instruments that include numerous synths, drum kits, and various quirky noises.

The mish-mosh of all the aforementioned elements makes for an album that is an interesting listen to say the least. To take this album seriously, as some will undoubtedly do, really just defeats the whole purpose the album set out to accomplish. The album is really just meant to be as obscenely ridiculous as it possibly can, and in that regard it is quite successful. From the synth laden breakdowns at the end of But The Nuns Are Watching, to the overtly poppy intro to Things That Rhyme With Orange, to the odd synth pop section in Ravenous, Ravenous Rhinos (Hungry, Hungry Hippos anyone?), the album covers about as much stylistic ground as James Brown in a pickup truck with a blown out tire (for those unfamiliar with the multi-state police chase in which the hardest working man in show business was, as he claimed, high on God, just Google it). The lyrics are equally as ridiculous as everything else, with vocalist Matt Mihana belting out lines like "Call me old fashion, but I think trains kick a**/I don't need hot wheels to get to class" and "Don't get the octopus upset, it may eat itself!".

There will undoubtedly be legions of people to take up the cry of "this **** is ridiculous" and the only proper response to that statement is...well..."duh." Its not meant to be an emotional roller coaster, nor is it meant to be a musical breakthrough. Its simply meant to be a overly ridiculous album that is, in the end, a fairly fun and interesting listen. As far as I'm concerned, I Set My Friends On Fire will probably never be an iconic group, nor will they end up changing that face of music itself, but they will more than likely be remembered for quite some time, at least for Crank That.

Recommended Tracks:
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beerholder
Things That Rhyme With Orange
Ravenous, Ravenous Rhinos
WTFWJD
Reese's Pieces, I Don't Know Who John Cleese Is?
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Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album art refuses to load...

poweroftheweez
October 10th 2008


1290 Comments


I'm really hating those song titles. But hey, good review man. This sounds pretty crazy.

Whitechapel447
October 10th 2008


25 Comments


this **** is ridiculous

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DUH! As I said, yeah everything about the album is ridiculous, but if you take it at face value its actually kinda fun and pretty enjoyable...

poweroftheweez
October 10th 2008


1290 Comments


duh. Ok so they do an assload of different genres... can they do them well?

Whitechapel447
October 10th 2008


25 Comments


i will admit that the breakdown at the end of "crank that" had a good feel to it and even better squealies. i just might give this a listen.

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2008


44300 Comments


Judging from the name and album/song titles, this is quite possibly the worst band on the planet and should be immediately exterminated for the good of my home state.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Surprisingly, yeah they pull off most of the stuff pretty well...

poweroftheweez
October 10th 2008


1290 Comments


one more comment marksellsuswallets, and you're 1337. I might check this....This Message Edited On 10.10.08

Whitechapel447
October 10th 2008


25 Comments


but i have a feeling that this will only be bought for "crank that". or everyone will just download it and this album won't go anywhere.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2008


17212 Comments


+ Narwhal on the cover
- Riding Soulja Boy's coattails
- Naming band after an Aiden song
- Annoying music that goes nowhere.


Obviously I don't like this.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The crazy thing is, they actually didn't name themselves after an Aiden song...and I am 1337 w00t!

taylormemer
October 10th 2008


4917 Comments


Ha. Now, let's seem how long you stay 1337 for...

fireaboveicebelow
October 10th 2008


6837 Comments


I've had this for a while but havent listened to anything but the intro, which was pretty funny

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

NOT LONG AT ALL! I can forsee the mass amounts of hate this will get but in my opinion, its really nothing to get all up in arms about...its kind of like if Sky Eats Airplane just decided to be zany and nonsensical...
Relax, relax, I just saved, 50% on my BABY OSTRICH...

cleary21
October 10th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

brent you SOB i was going to review this and also made allusions to SEA and said basically the same exact thing except my comp crashed last night and i gave up on it even though i had it written

Willie
Moderator
October 10th 2008


15965 Comments


I checked out some of the songs streaming online and this was terrible! The vocalist is totally annoying.

Digging: Necropoli - I

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I can see how his voice would be off-putting to some, but I for one enjoy it...oh and Ryan...my ba-a-a-a-ad

Golgoroth
October 10th 2008


1084 Comments


I always assumed this wasn't a real band and someone just named that myspace page after the Aiden song.

Whatever. Good review but I doubt I'm guessing this will just be too over-the-top for me to get into. Although I'll admit to having their version of Crank That on my iPod x[

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh no sir...its a real band...featuring one white boy with an obscene jew-fro and a middle eastern kid named Nabil...it is pretty over the top though so if you aren't into the whole electro-post-hardcore thing then you probably wouldn't enjoy it...



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