Pulling Teeth
Paranoid Delusions/Paradise Illusions


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
March 28th, 2009 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pulling Teeth filter out their flaws and craft their best record yet.

Deathwish Inc. is a record label notorious for its association with Converge. Throughout the last couple of years Deathwish has slowly been popularizing a sound that is influenced by mid '90s metalcore and more recent thrash-indebted hardcore by groups like Blacklisted and The Suicide File. This sound has influenced a lot of hardcore bands with instrumental prowess to sign to the label. Groups like 108, Shipwreck, and Trap Them, have all slowly pieced together a sound that defines Deathwish. Throughout the years Pulling Teeth has been there slowly trying to catch up to their more successful label mates. It is hard to deny that both 'Martyr Immortal' and 'Vicious Skin' were good records, but they lacked cohesiveness. Pulling Teeth's music also suffered from being extremely indebted to the sounds of Integrity and Slayer. Even the final track on 'Martyr Immortal' simply came off as an update to the closer from 'Humanity is the Devil.' "Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions" changes all of this and is the next great release in a long line of Deathwish records.

Pulling Teeth has always been more of a metal band than a hardcore band and on "Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions" they fully embrace that side of their sound. 'Ritual' is a prime example of the ability the band's guitarists have to fluidly switch between doom metal, hardcore, and thrash. "Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions" features numerous solos throughout its entirety, most prominently in 'Bloodwolves.' The success of more traditional metal aspects like largely guitar based intros and outros leaves Pulling Teeth sounding more dynamic and in general more instrumentally proficient. The prominence of synthesizers during the more melodic guitar portions also greatly helps fill in Pulling Teeth’s sound on "Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions." Vocalist Mike Riley has also stepped up both his lyrical and vocal performance. While mainly relying on screaming Riley steps out of his comfort zone on the closer 'Paradise Illusions' with some melodic vocals. This choice definitely helps 'Paradise Illusions' reach the dramatic feel the track is supposed to possess. Riley also has vastly improved his lyrically ability. 'Ritual' and its topic of the pains of touring are poignant while remaining aggressive. "Paranoid Delusions" shows that while Pulling Teeth may be moving towards a more metal sound they still have the mindset of a hardcore band.

'Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions' is a record that helps define Pulling Teeth as one of Deathwish’s more sophisticated bands and leaves them being viewed in the same mindset as label heavyweights like Converge, Cursed, and Integrity. The sophistication in the textural aspects on this record with the incorporation of guitar, bass and synthesizers, is both heavy and melodic as can be seen by the variety of sounds achieved on ‘Paradise Illusions,’ from its field recording introduction to its final explosion. As of now Pulling Teeth seemingly has released the best heavy record of 2009.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2009


16089 Comments


the best thing jared dillon has ever done

rasputin
March 29th 2009


14544 Comments


looks interesting, may look into this

karina
March 29th 2009


165 Comments


should git this git

gaslightanthem
March 29th 2009


5209 Comments


was thinking about checking this out so guess I will be

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2009


16089 Comments


its weird because this isnt that much different than martyr immortal yet this isnt too bland to give a 4

NortherlyNanook
March 29th 2009


1285 Comments


martyr immortal is okay. i'll have to get this if this is that much better.

iamrockzorz
March 29th 2009


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much better than their older stuff.

Good review

Phantom
March 29th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to the track on their myspace at the moment, pretty nice. Will find this.


Got it.

This Message Edited On 03.29.09

efrafa
March 29th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was gonna write something for this, thanks jared.

Tits McGee
March 29th 2009


1876 Comments


I gotta check this out

Doppelganger
March 29th 2009


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Martyr Immortal was badass. I need this.

nedchambers
March 30th 2009


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm glad they've actually fused the psychedelia properly into their sound this time instead of it being something they dabble in to make their records sound more 'epic'. the synths on this record are really cool.

Damrod
Moderator
March 31st 2009


1093 Comments


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jrowa001
March 31st 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely need to get this

karina
April 1st 2009


165 Comments


fuckin heavy

karina
April 1st 2009


165 Comments


last song is stupid

karina
April 1st 2009


165 Comments


like 4 serious

iarescientists
April 1st 2009


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album rules

NortherlyNanook
April 2nd 2009


1285 Comments


yeah, this is definitely better than martyr immortal

karina
April 2nd 2009


165 Comments


should be longer ugh



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