Stray From the Path
Make Your Own History


3.5
great

Review

by asaf USER (13 Reviews)
November 14th, 2009 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hope Con? Glassjaw? RATM? Mom? Is anybody listening?

The spastic bursts of chaotic fury that a contributor posted in the description of the band have come around again. Whether or not Villains actually received any indication of interest from anybody in the nu-core scene or anyone else actually for that matter is always going to be a mystery. Its tough to say whether or not touring with the likes of Abacabb, American me, and Recon (and having actually attended the lambgoat wars in person) actually contributed anything to their resume, since its not entirely truth to say that anybody was even looking. Yet, the album was a quick and sudden come-and-go affair that left an admirable impression. Seventeen months later, the drummer now plays the guitar but the same old formula remains; if Rage Against the Machine and The Hope Conspiracy got down in the mud and Glassjaw and Everytime I Die came by to throw down cash on the winner of a chicken fight...I'd say thats the mix we're fixing here. At least if you can manage to get it loud enough.

The grooves are here people. An aggressive low end polyrhythm can be found in "Mitra," one which makes you reconsider that one Obzen review a few months back that gave it a 2.5 (for justified reasons, but seriously?). The lyrics are whitty, but its more about the attitude with these guys. Sure the opening chant goes great with the programmed beats of "Lucid Dreaming," but how about that brutal riff that carries the song to its finish ala-Hope Con's "Deadtown Nothing,"? The jig of "The Things You Own End Up Owning You," could make you bop around for minute, and have you think Wes Borland? Nookie? But for whatever reason, this is working out a little better than amateur mannerisms or a need for the spotlight. Stray From The Path has done a lot of touring in the last two years, and regardless if the turn outs where anything to speak of, it seems as if they had their own motives. This is a band that likes to play music and doesn't need to be recognized. Are t-shirt sales enough to properly fund five grown men traveling across the country in support of an album nobody has listened to? How many people will seriously even download this album? Probably not many. At the show, I'll be at the bar, and I might recognize a song. Let's just hope they don't cover "Bulls On Parade" again, yet why would I take the greatest response the band has received all night away from them?

But this is as legitimate as it gets and the fact that a new producer stepped into gear here to record the band performing its wild attack is something that should be noted. Kurt Ballou caught them in the act in God City Studio's, so that was somewhat understandable and relative to the whole thing. But after all this time, they manage to get produced by a slightly somewhat professional... Or whoever Misha "Bulb" Mansoor is, he does a damn good job. Most albums of this nature have that "basement" feel which was always a perk, as it was a natural plug into the atmosphere of the band at the time of the recording. But sometimes, mint quality can be a plus and dare I say it, even enjoyable. I mean, we all remember The Chariot's debut, and sometimes "rough demo" should be just that (and not the actual LP). It's tough to record this kind of sloppy noodle core and capture it with a punch, but for some reason, the album carries its own weight.

A good album, a good band. The Villains poster can stay on the wall.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NoRosesNoSkies
November 22nd 2009


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I bought this as well. A lot of people I talk to say the vocals kill it but personally I think the complete opposite. They work perfectly.

asaf
November 23rd 2009


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The producer of this album did the Animal's as Leaders debut on prosthetic.

dansxdead
November 25th 2009


438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys were awesome when I saw them live so much energy. This cd brings it hard.

walkerf5e
November 28th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It just doesn't seem like everything's here in this album. I dont know, its just kind of odd. There are sections with some of the crappiest breakdowns I've imagined, and songs that don't have any of those breakdowns and are pretty sweet. They just don't know who they are yet. The production of the album is kinda funky as well.

poweroftheweez
March 3rd 2010


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was one of the best hardcore vocal performances ive heard in i dont know how long

sexpoi
April 6th 2010


599 Comments


Misha Mansoor is the guiatrist for Periphery who was recently signed to Sumerian. I like him a lot as a producer after hearing his stuff and the stuff from Animals as Leaders so i think I'll check it out

BigTuna
April 6th 2010


5158 Comments


What an absolutely horrible band name and album title

Digging: Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot

asaf
May 4th 2010


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Misha Mansoor is the guiatrist for Periphery

^^^ awesome. thanks for clarifying that tid bit. very very cool...

xxKillWithASmile
May 18th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is such an awesome album by a sick band. The vocals remind me alot of Duck Duck Goose's to be honest.
Also a solid review, dude. Pos'd

asaf
May 20th 2010


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks brah... good thing i check "my discussions," eh?

Shadein
June 20th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I didn't like this review very much. You talked more about how they wouldn't be recognized rather than talking about the music itself.

dcha
July 16th 2010


990 Comments


This is better than a 3.5. AT LEAST a 4.

BringMeTheWaffles.
August 18th 2010


221 Comments


Good review.
Hated the album.

brutebeard
September 5th 2010


1655 Comments


Might wanna look into this

wrecktifier
September 24th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review is worthless drivel

i recommend this band to fans of the ghost inside, every time i die, rage against the machine, shai hulud, misery signals, and the acacia strain..

this CD is quality










Xplisit
October 20th 2010


1646 Comments


lmao

Winsomniac
October 20th 2010


7973 Comments


Band is pretty awesome.

Junz+posi=me likey.

Xplisit
October 20th 2010


1646 Comments


go listen to STYG fag

Winsomniac
October 20th 2010


7973 Comments


I plan on it. Fuckyeahposicore

EyeForAnEye
December 5th 2010


1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great vocal performance, songs definitely deliver.



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