The Color of Violence
Youthanize


2.0
poor

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
May 6th, 2009 | 17 replies | 7,266 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scene, if you can hear me, please don't let this be the next ridiculous trend you latch on to.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

It's been a rather interesting past two years for the members of From First To Last. Sonny Moore announced his departure from the group, and subsequently released a slew of "electronica" material that nobody much cared for (or payed attention to for that matter), Travis Richter and Derek Bloom, guitarist and drummer respectively, announced the reformation of their previous project The Color of Violence (which originally featured their FFTL bandmate Matt Good), and the Moore-less reincarnation of FFTL released an abysmally average self titled disc. Out of all the FFTL related projects floating around since the split with Sonny, the only one that I felt held any legitimately interesting material was The Color of Violence. Admittedly, the few tracks that were initially released felt more like rough outlines of actual songs, but the songs presented enough potential to warrant a somewhat optimistic outlook on the projects future. So now that the band has released it's debut outing, Youthanize, via Epitaph Records, the question on everybody's mind (and when I say everybody's mind I'm simply referring to my own), is this. Are any of the band's members still capable of coming up with anything worthwhile? Sadly...not really.

Somewhere within the album's clustered and directionless 28 minute duration, you begin to get the sense that The Color of Violence's writing process is, well, basically nonexistent. The band's claim that the bulk of the album was improvised in the studio only lends more credence to that notion. If that claim is indeed true, then it makes the album's meandering, random, and vastly incoherent sound a little more understandable, and if it isn't, it really just proves that nobody involved in the project can write a decent song. The bulk of the songs presented are made up of nothing more than short sections of spastic, incoherent noise, a formula that generally works for bands within the grindcore genre, which is the genre I'm assuming the band is attempting to rip off. Even though the bulk of "grindcore" seem to throw together random bits of sound and make songs out of them, each separate part is generally a logical progression from the previous one, which is an aspect of songwriting that The Color of Violence is seemingly unaware of, as most of the songs end up being nothing more than collections of awkwardly juxtaposed bits and pieces, rather than cohesive and focused bursts of aggression. The band does attempt a few "longer" songs at the tail end of the album, but these just end up running themselves into the ground in the first minute or so, before rambling on for another few minutes.

Sadly, the production doesn't help to mask any of the album's flaws. The overly dissonant instrumentals are combined with an irritating, not to mention awkward, form of the "wall of sound" approach, creating an overly grating and abrasive atmosphere. I was at least hoping that Travis Richter's fairly decent vocals would make the album a bit more enjoyable, but the production usually serves to distort them to the point that they just become another irritating noise in the grainy soundscape. Also, it seems like the bulk of the album contains vocals from guest artists, the most noticeable of which is Matt Mihana of I Set My Friends On Fire fame. The overly layered vocals of both individuals continuously clash throughout the album's duration, which makes everything, yet again, just a bit more irritating than it should be.

All in all, Youthanize is a vastly disappointing release from a group that had the potential to at the very least be amusing. The very few enjoyable moments found within the album are all but ruined by the intentionally harsh production, and the rest of the album's irritating incoherency is only made worse by it. What started out as a seemingly harmless side project created for a few lulz, seems to be becoming the next big thing within "the scene", and if this does end up catching on, I can only imagine the deluge of abysmally horrible band's that will eventually crawl out of the woodwork. One can only hope that some less irritating trend will catch on before this one gets too out of of hand.



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marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I so wanted to enjoy this after hearing the original God Gave Me Deez Nuts and ihaterice (which is mysteriously absent from the track list). Review came out a lot more negative that I thought it would. A lot of people have been asking me what I thought of this lately, and I've been seeing it mentioned over and over again on various websites, maybe this can serve as a plea for people to come to their senses. Album isn't good.

ManicDemise
May 7th 2009



415 Comments


Good review. I still have yet to listen to this, all I've heard are the 2 or 3 demos that were floating around on their myspace beforehand. Knowing me I'll probably end up liking this, but that'll probably just be because of Derek's drumming. Oh well.

marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh I forgot to mention in the review that the drumming isn't done by Derrick exclusively. A lot of it is done by the guy from Daughters, who is also an awesome drummer, but the drum parts are either incredibly incoherent or repetitive.

Zippermouth
May 7th 2009



1305 Comments


I was pretty sure his name was Derek.

marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've seen it both ways.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009



20825 Comments


Loved the summary Brent. The review was also up to your usual high quality, although as you mentioned in the first comment, it's probably too negative for a rating of 2 and a little bit more time could have been used up on the album's (few) positives.

Is this anything like FFTL? If so, which album does it compare most to?

marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah this is really absolutely nothing like FFTL. To be perfectly honest, the album doesn't really have many positives to speak of, so perhaps I should lower the rating. I dunno though, a 1.5 seems a little too harsh and a 2 seems too high. I'm stuck.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009



20825 Comments


I have that in-between ratings feeling a lot also.

So these guys arguably can't get FFTL right & they can't get grindcore right. I sense a folk album coming!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009



17914 Comments


payed

more like

paid

FailureOnMyLips
May 7th 2009



75 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'd rather have the scene latch onto this than that silly Brokencyde horse shit

Zippermouth
May 7th 2009



1305 Comments


So these guys arguably can't get FFTL right & they can't get grindcore right.

Sad, cuz Derek Bloom is one of the best drummers I've ever heard.

HighandDriving
May 7th 2009



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Derek is an awesome drummer, really good looking too.

And Sonny's electronic shit is the sex, kinda.

Good review, I only like the track Christina, Christina.

marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Christina, Christina is really the only halfway decent thing on here...and it still isn't even that good.

Nikkolae
May 7th 2009



4391 Comments


wow, this sounds like an abysmal load of crap of an album : S, too bad i used to be very fond of "even i used to be sex" back when it was "even i used to be sXe"

Digging: Corrupted - Paso Inferior

marksellsuswallets
May 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, the original was pretty good but the remake sucks, unsurprisingly.

PinkBlackberry
January 31st 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just heard this CD all the way through for the first time.

I need to have a shower, I feel THAT dirty.

TheNewWhack
January 19th 2011



1472 Comments


This is like a Daughters and CTTS mash-up... Two bands that everyone goes ape shit for on this site. I don't get the low rating. I guess it's because the two guys were in FFTL.



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