The Shizit
The Shizit


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
November 6th, 2009 | 415 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Industrial music has had a good year, and The Shizit just made it even better

2009 has been a great year for industrial metal in general, maybe not by the amount of records, but by the sheer quality of them. So it's quite a surprise that this late in the year, there are still unexpected, and major surprises coming along. The Shizit's self titled album is exactly that. A two man band that had been officially broken up since 2003 was reanimated by one of them - J.P. Anderson - in the spring of this year, after the Precursor tour, where Anderson was supporting Cyanotic (another new-wave industrial band you, the reader, should look into right away). Soon after, Anderson got to work and since October 15, everyone can now taste the fruits of his travail.

The Shizit's self titled comeback album contains 11 songs of pure, pissed, heavily hardcore influenced industrial songs with elements from the metal scene. If one feels the need to categorize, then the exact definition would be "digital hardcore". The overall sound has enough of a guitar punch and industrial elements for me to call it just industrial metal though, and that's exactly what I shall do.

Straight from the kickoff the listener knows he is in for a wild ride. "Wake the *** up!". That's how this album gets going - Anderson screaming his lungs out, backed up by distorted guitars and mad break-beats. The tempo is relentless, the tension could be cut with a knife and if you turn the volume up (which you should) it's quite possible your subwoofer will even blow your own ass a few meters back. Ok so the last part may have been a slight exaggeration, but it is true that the power this album holds is enormous. I have used the word pair "relentless energy" before in my reviews too (for Crossbreed and DevilDriver to name a few), but comparing those other records to this - there is no match. One thing is to be overly energetic with your performance, but injecting the listener with such amounts of adrenaline you get from this album, is a whole other affair.

Musically The Shizit is rather simply constructed. Everything that goes on during this record, and on it, circles around Anderson's vocals and the verses following one- another. It's not exactly what you'd call unexpected, but the way the tension is kept up during the entire runtime is admirable. The song listing on this album has also been very well done. Junctures and song transitions are well put together and every step is logically thought out Every new song that follows its predecessor seems exactly in place. The only interlude, titled "Levels", is a perfect example of this. It seamlessly carries forward where the song before it (“Seeing is destroying”) left off, and ends bluntly, but yet so fittingly for the next song ("Bloodlust Blues") to start from a fresh page. Whether the intentions be for creating an array of songs that flow into one-another, or separating and bringing forth the true standouts, Anderson succeeds with both versions.

The instrumental part of this album is very well-executed, chiefly clasping the listener with unity. The guitars would suck without the industrial elements, which on its own would suck without the break beats, which on their turn would suck without the hardcore influence. The Shizit's music truly is tightly connected and polished into a cohesive industrial unit that will tear the roof off of your building. On another note, in itself, there is nothing polished here. The guitars are raw, the break beats are loud and overly noisy, the industrial sounds/keyboard lines/turntable effects on their own would need work, but mixed together, it just works. The fact that the instrumental parts cut apart would probably suck is completely irrelevant because as a whole, The Shizit is just a crazy mess of guitars, break beats, and industrial, that functions on every single level.

The Shizit is another gem in the dark for 2009. While the band is relatively unknown (except for the underground where The Shizit has a decent following), then maybe the fact this album is for free can lure music lovers and curious people into downloading this (The free, legal link is at the end of the review if you managed to miss it). Whatever the cause might be, one thing is for sure - The Shizit is another fine industrial metal record to come out this year. In all honesty, there are no setbacks, no weak spots, no flaws whatsoever with this albums. Is it the best industrial metal record to come out this year? I can't say, but is it a contender for it? You can be damn sure it is.

The digital download link (free and legal): www.glitchmode.com/the-shizit



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Comments:Add a Comment 
jingledeath
November 6th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, will get

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, you better!.

Also, more encouraging facts besides this review are that 2 of sputnik's resident industrial critics, Trey Spencer and Meatplow, have given it 4.5 and 4 respectively!

And all of the people who didn't take the time to read, and look at the review properly, here is the digital download link (free): ]http://www.glitchmode.com/the-shizit/

KILL
November 6th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

interesting

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you might as well get this KILL, it's for free anyway and with 11 songs from which the average length is about 3.30, there won't be too much of a loss if you turn out disliking this.

Meatplow
November 6th 2009


5524 Comments


Yeah, I got this on the insistence of Trey and i'm glad that I did.

You should probably make it a little more clear that the album is up for free download (256 kbps mp3) through that link you provided. I usually offer these sort of links separate from the review in a comment below so they don't get missed by tl;dr types. Good review though.

Oliver
November 6th 2009


118 Comments


Interesting band name. Nice review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, I see your point Plow so just incase, I'll post it in my first comment too

Relinquished
November 6th 2009


25584 Comments


I'm getting this cuz of Trey.

Elementary
November 6th 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha I loved the whole sucked part. I hope this isn't anything like Crossbreed or I will be very disappointed.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's not like Crossbreed musically, but during my observation, people who like this also like Crossbreed ;)

Elementary
November 6th 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So basically your saying this is not for me? Too bad.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

basically I'm saying this is for free so go for it haha

Oliver
November 6th 2009


118 Comments


Yeah, I didn't like Crossbreed but I went ahead and downloaded this. Hope it is as good as you say.

Zip
November 6th 2009


5312 Comments


that's a pretty awesome band name

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

like i already said, musically they are not very similar at all, they just happen to fall under the same genre. There's a very good chance that even though you really disliked Crossbreed, you'll love this.

@ zip
I know right?

Meatplow
November 6th 2009


5524 Comments


This is much better then Crossbreed's latest IMO. It has less of that nu-metal flavour.

The band describes themselves as digital hardcore, it's pretty apt. There's even some EBM and gabber influences which are kind of cool.

Oliver
November 6th 2009


118 Comments


Ah I see, well you said in your observation that people who like this also like Crossbreed so that threw me off.

Elementary
November 6th 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hopefully the music is better then the name.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh stop being such a negative nancy Elementary, the name rules ;)

Elementary
November 6th 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'The End' is an amazing name, 'The Shizit' well its pretty good to, but I like being negative. That way I'm never disappointed if/when the music sucks.



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