Leathermouth
XO


2.0
poor

Review

by Tari Ajadi USER (9 Reviews)
January 25th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frank Iero finally grows some cojones. Too bad they're kinda puny.

After the somewhat (insert own adjective here) Black Parade, there were many critics who wondered where My Chemical Romance would go next. The answer was...nowhere. The Way brothers started having children and writing comics and getting married, while the guy with the 'fro and the drummer did...well, nothing. But wait, there is one more member who I forgot to mention. The rhythm guitarist, Frank Iero had something up his sleeve; something to blow the images of tight leather marching band uniforms and crowds of teenage girls fawning over him out of everybody's mind. He came up with this: Leathermouth, a hardcore punk band with attitude and something to say, something that will prove to everyone that he has balls.

Too bad it's not that great.

I mean, it's not bad or anything, in fact it can be quite enjoyable, but it just seems like a Converge/Gallows/Refused B-sides compilation. All the ingredients are there, but it's missing something vital, something that will push them out of the mediocre and into the realms of the big boys. The vocals, for instance, aren't anything new. They're not offensively bad, and he doesn't resort to those stupid growls or squeals or whatever, but they just sound like a mutated version of Jacob Bannon and Dennis Lyxzen. The intensity and aggression is lacking something that really makes the reader sit up and take notice. "Sunsets Are For Muggings" is a case in point. You can hear that he's trying, but it just seems like he's trying way too hard to be Jacob Bannon rather than be himself. His scream is almost at the same pitch, and the lyrics are pretty unintelligible, just like Bannon's, but it doesn't provide that almost wall of sound that makes Converge so goddamn good. It all seems a bit empty.

The guitars are okay enough, though nothing exciting or technical. The riffs on "Your Friends Are Full Of ***" are pretty good, while sounding exactly like a Comeback Kid song, with the generic breakdown included, and "5th Period Massacre" makes it's case for best song on the album with it's sludgy riffs and Cancer Bats-esque groove. Obviously, they chug for about 99.99999999999% of the time without ever doing anything that could be considered noteworthy. Every use of octaves, tremelo picking, all of it has been done before. Nothing really interests, even slightly. At least with bands like the aforementioned Cancer Bats and Comeback Kid, they incorporate something new into the mix, some distinctive feature, something to get people moving and breaking ***, but it's just not there.

The bass, as per usual for the genre, cannot be heard at all, no matter how hard one tries. Literally, it may as well not be there, as the guitars are chugging most of the time, and it's so low down in the mix, so there is no point for it. The drums are unexceptional, but they provide some good fills at times, like on "I Am Going to Kill the President of the United States of America". It's amazing how in this review, I have used so many adjectives for uninteresting and boring, but that's because there really is nothing of note here; apart from the lyrics.

They're crap.

I mean, really bad. You would think that being a member of one of the biggest bands of the planet, Frank could have had someone help him with the lyrics or something, because this just awful. A prime example is in "5th Period Massacre" when he describes a school shooting incident from the point of view of the shooter:
"Why do you all hate me
Everyone's against me
Mommy don't care
Daddy cant help".

Here's a tip Frank. If you're going to write about a subject as sensitive as that, try not to use some 13 year old's diary as inspiration. Seriously.

My final concern with this album is the fact that I have no clue who would buy it. The hardcore kids and metalheads won't because he is affiliated with MCR, which is equivalent to being affiliated with Robert Mugabe; it's not a good thing. The teenage girls won't buy it because, well (no offence intended, I am NOT sexist) it's hardcore and most of them only want songs they can sing/cry along to. The scene kids won't buy it because it's not br00tal enough, and your parents won't buy it because they don't want their ears to bleed. So tell me, who is going to buy it?

For a side project, this band is not awful, and it proves that Iero isn't just some "emo pin-up", but rather a musician with his own message. Unfortunately, he doesn't enforce his message with enough conviction to make it appealing to most. Better luck next time Frank.



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gaslightanthem
January 25th 2009


5209 Comments


sounds really really good - you've definitley sold this band to me ;)

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 25th 2009


3773 Comments


The myspace tracks shat me to tears so I'd probably agree.

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

Vooligan
January 25th 2009


3541 Comments


my brother told me to check this out the other day, 2 minutes of my life i wont get back.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2009


20857 Comments


"many critics who wondered where My Chemical Romance would go next. The answer was...nowhere."
'The Black Parade' was released 2 years & 3 months ago. How dare they not have released another album in the meantime.
There's also a lot of name-dropping of other bands in the review. I guess for anyone who has never heard of these other bands, too bad huh!

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2009


7363 Comments


I liked the review. I might still give this a listen, even though i'm not a MCR fan.

Spamue1G
January 25th 2009


1292 Comments


Here's a tip Frank. If you're going to write about a subject as sensitive as that, try not to use some 13 year old's diary as inspiration. Seriously.

That's overrating them. Seriously, I know 9 year olds who can do better whining than that.

Zippermouth
January 25th 2009


1305 Comments


The second half of this review is just mindless bashing, but the first half is good.

Well you got to give him props, he's the only one in the band thats doing something.This Message Edited On 01.25.09

ToWhatEnd
January 25th 2009


3172 Comments


Heard some of this and it was around average though, admittedly, I don't have the greatest ear for hardcore. As Davey said you really name drop a lot of other bands. This isn't a huge problem (especially since most of them are big enough names save for possibly Cancer Bats) but when you do this make sure you take a sentence or two to further elaborate on the traits, grooves, etc you are discussing and comparing. It just makes it easier to read. Not too bad of a review at all.

Golgoroth
January 25th 2009


1084 Comments


Review was a little too personal/subjective, but from that point of view was actually pretty good. Convinced me I don't want to hear this, as well.

lexicons
January 25th 2009


144 Comments


Lols for Robert Mugabe

iamrockzorz
January 25th 2009


1029 Comments


This actually isn't that bad.

mattspurplepen
January 27th 2009


10 Comments


"Here's a tip Frank. If you're going to write about a subject as sensitive as that, try not to use some 13 year old's diary as inspiration. Seriously."
- Lollllllllllllllllllllllll
nice review.

Asiatic667
January 27th 2009


4648 Comments


because he is affiliated with MCR, which is equivalent to being affiliated with Robert Mugabe


Hillarious, best part of review is hillarious

gutterthrasher
February 9th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha nice review
well written beside the other half when it got to personal
but unlike you
i actually enjoyed the album
hes whiny screams was good
but yea the lyrics were bad

ManicDemise
February 21st 2009


435 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My thoughts on this album exactly...
"For a side project, this band is not awful, and it proves that Iero isn't just some "emo pin-up", but rather a musician with his own message. Unfortunately, he doesn't enforce his message with enough conviction to make it appealing to most."

Digging: Slumlord - Love All, Serve None

Phantom
February 21st 2009


8930 Comments


If I did have tits, I wouldn't mind letting someone have a go on them for a ride in a helicopter.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
March 2nd 2009


792 Comments


I will buy this. I like the mindlessly written lyrics. I don't expect depth in all the music I listen to and Frank Iero said himself that this record is purely about anger and releasing your most inner hatred over the bulls**t in the world.

The lyrics are adolescent from purpose, not from mistake.

pneumoniahawk93
March 4th 2009


275 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But surely he could have thought of a more creative outlet for his "anger"?
There are so many bands who write angry lyrics but do it with eloquence and intelligence. This...is pure crap.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
March 23rd 2009


792 Comments


I've kept listening to this and..yeah..its crap. >_>

Initial impressions can be so fleeting.

pneumoniahawk93
March 30th 2009


275 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yep, pretty much. That's why I bought Jaguar Love's album and it was awful.



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