Showbread
The Fear of God


2.5
average

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (108 Reviews)
August 10th, 2009 | 51 replies | 9,211 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Showbread is still Showbread.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

'The Fear of God', Showbread's follow up to their preposterously pretentious double album 'Anorexia/Nervosa', begins with a computerized spoken introductory statement that plays out as follows:

"Showbread presents 'The Fear of God'. Please adjust the volume of your audio system so that this message comes in clearly. [...] Thank you. And may raw rock kill you forever and ever."

Raw rock. When it's critically difficult for your band to be slated into a specific sub-genre, your best option is to create an exclusive-to-you genre of your own, right? That's what Showbread has been doing; campaigning their private moniker - "Raw Rock Kills!" - on repugnant t-shirts and on the mouths of slobbering fanboys in a desperate attempt to make their music sound original or uncontrived. This method doesn't really work though (if anything, it's a gimmick) and therefore invalidates the hype built up around Showbread.

However, the brilliant introductory combo of 'I'm Lost' and 'Nothing Matters Anymore' on 'The Fear of God' suggests that Showbread are really on to something, starting the album by making good on the promise of both the 'raw' and the 'rock': the trade off between rough, dissonant verses and poppy, Weezer-like choruses functions brilliantly and gives false hope for 'The Fear of God'. Everything that follows these two songs pales in comparison and grows increasingly stale with each successive listen. Recycled southern riffs, tacky synths and tedious clean vocal delivery hampers already hopeless near-dance-rock songs such as 'Out of My Mind' and 'Regret Consumes Me'; songs bent on "having fun" (exercising lazy and immature songwriting) and "being raw" (writing sloppy riffs and calling it 'organic'). Not even Patrick Porter's magnificent bass playing (audible and laudable on every track) can save garishly pop-punk cuts like 'Shepherd, No Sheep' and 'I Think I'm Going to See You' or the faux-artistic, slow-burning title track and closer 'Until We Meet Again'.

The only track that passably lives up the unfortunately disappointing promise of "raw rock" is the aptly titled "Let There Be Raw", a song with a literal rah-rah-rah-hoorah chorus (lyrics: "Raw! Raw! Raw! Raw!") that explodes over a spiralling synth before bottoming out into a fairly technical and enjoyable pentatonic guitar solo that leads back into to the coda: "Raw! Rock! Raw! Rock!" (can you feel the gimmick? It's working this time). Guitarists Josh Dies, Mike Jensen and Landon Ginnings don't make full use of their triple-headed assault, but on a handful of songs, at least one of them showcases their capability to create a tasteful southern/bluesy solo when necessary. However, the fun factor of one or two songs paired with a couple decent solos doesn't make up for the lazy songwriting and poor, lifeless vocal delivery that 'The Fear of God' entails. Marrying poorly executed cliches and raw-rock-strategems, Showbread's latest doesn't further or lessen the band's appeal; their loyal fans will no doubt gobble this up without a second thought -- but for those who listen to music with their heads instead of their t-shirts, 'The Fear of God' is nothing more than average.



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Waior
August 11th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When one of the best tracks on the record goes like "RAW RAW RAW RAW", you know something is terribly, terribly wrong.



Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17114 Comments


waiting for rizzo's review and then will average the scores

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marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2009



4848 Comments


^yep

and ZOMG TWO REVIEWS ON FRONT PAGE WHY

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17114 Comments


omigosh 3 in one day. slow down cowboy.

AmericnZero02
August 11th 2009



3304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww man, I feared that this would end up being as mediocre as some of the tracks they have on their myspace. Then again, showbread isn't for everyone. While a lot of people found A/N to be really pretentious and preachy I found it smart and unique. I'll have to check this out when it comes out tomorrow. How does this compare to Showbread's other releases Waior?

Waior
August 11th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Zero02, I've only heard Nihilism and this is not nearly as good.

Ungrateful contributors (haha), Noah and the Whale was written yesterday night in my time zone. I can't redeem my two on the front page though. Damn.

GUILT PAINS MY BEING. THANKS.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



14883 Comments


yay i dont have to get this

IAmInsect
August 11th 2009



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review you bastard.

Waior
August 11th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry, bud. Looking forward to your differing opinion.

marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2009



4848 Comments


Rizzo will rate this highly because he had lunch with Showbread true story check his facebook

XNoMercyX
August 11th 2009



121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's an okay album, nothing really special to be honest. Good review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17911 Comments


they sent me a CD-R of this. rizzo i'll mail it to you if you want.

AmericnZero02
August 11th 2009



3304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is not nearly as good

damn. maybe that's what happens after a few too many lineup changes.

Willie
Moderator
August 11th 2009



15774 Comments


Nice review. Would you mind changing the release date to August 11?

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bloc
August 11th 2009



34489 Comments


band is so bad

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17114 Comments


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA someone trolled the fuck out of all your reviews.

Waior
August 11th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I KNOW. I've spent the morning crying.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2009



2774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is what i get for going to bed at 9:30..... i miss waior getting the shit negged out of him. btw the cd is garbage

Waior
August 11th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Actually, it only happened in the past two hours or so... so wake up earlier!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17911 Comments


owned



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