Spitfire
The Dead Next Door


3.5
great

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2010 | 31 replies | 8,383 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Spitfire are an off again on again (currently on again) metalcore trio that formed in the late ‘90’s. After about 5 months of searching I finally found their debut effort The Dead Next Door and I’m certainly glad I spent the time to find it. Comprised of just three members at the time of release, the band put forth an effort that rivals Botch in terms of anger and originality. They dish out heavy tuned eerie riffs matched with dynamic drumming and a singer who is aptly pissed at the world and makes an effort to show it.

Much like We Are the Romans the album kicks out with a strange riff, I get a ‘Welcome to the Freak Show’ vibe from it, with Please Don’t Got Out Tonight. The drums hammer in on some beautiful off-kilter timing and within seconds the rage is unleashed. This song, while hardly a dose of whats to come, paints an excellent portrait of the band; it even features a rare hook that’s so raw it works to the songs production value. Its songs like these that metalcore enthusiasts miss the most; dropping a need to show they’re heavy with a billion breakdowns they instead opt for creativity instead. Runner up The Two Forty Eight Lie wastes no time in keeping the ball rolling with an ear splitting intro saturated between Chris Raines’ somewhat impressive blast beats and Jon Spencer’s aggressive growls.

What’s most intriguing when listening to this album are the transitions included within each song. Marasmus contains a monumental shift in riffing to edge in its breakdown, but that can’t even hold a candle to the beautiful solo that’s incorporated around the one minute mark later on. During this intricate flux there’s a vicious blast of noise eschewed by all members that’s rather startling upon first listen. Good Cop, Bad Cop feels grind influenced and introduces the listener to the impressive high pitched scream Jon possesses. It’s an exhausting five minute endeavor that dabbles around several different –core genres that’d surely a waste of time to name all. Lastly, the best song on the album The Burgundy Room not only conveys the most brutal vocal performance but also the most punishing riff. The production value is at its peak here, as the words are hardly audible, yet that adds to the mystique of it all, with stifling screams and a pummeling drum line it would certainly wreck the claustrophobia feeling that’s employed by giving each instrument its breathing room.

Easily one of the best metalcore records to never be found, Spitfire prove yet again the genre is dying without creativity. With an absolute stunning closer, DJ Jazzy Steve, this album is one breathtaking listen from start to finish. Recommended for anyone who’s still stuck in the 90’s.



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fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


quick write up for a band that sorely needs attention.

Digging: Coroner - No More Color

americanmusicmachine
January 23rd 2010



3953 Comments


great review. love 'self-help' but haven't heard this one. and yeah jon spencer is def one of the better metalcore vocalists, his stuff with scarlet is great too.

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


yeah, dude has a great voice, and i highly suggest picking this up. metalcore gem.

Nikkolae
January 23rd 2010



4824 Comments


great review man i love cult fiction, and i desperately need this one and self help :/

Digging: Clipping - CLPPNG

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


yes you do!
i need cult fiction on the other hand.

Nikkolae
January 23rd 2010



4824 Comments


http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4167788/Spitfire_-_Cult_Fiction_(2008)


there ya go

bloc
January 23rd 2010



34740 Comments


IF I WAS IN WORLD WAR 2, THEY'D CALL ME SPITFIRE

o wait....

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


that's the album w/ the rather risque cover correct?
excited!

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


bloc, get your hands on some of this, you won't (shouldn't) be disappointed!

bloc
January 23rd 2010



34740 Comments


i dunno man, the albums you recommended aren't ma thang.

Nikkolae
January 23rd 2010



4824 Comments


yes fromtheinside that is the album with the semi naked chick in it, check out Chemo Therapist out of it, that one is my favorite,

well wacha got to loose bloc?

bloc
January 23rd 2010



34740 Comments


Nik you right, i'll get this.

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


yeah, i mean who knows, maybe this is the band that gets you into those other bands.

bloc
January 23rd 2010



34740 Comments


but i don't want to be into those other bands, not that cracka shit.

fromtheinside
January 23rd 2010



17937 Comments


hahaha, what a rebel.


sspedding
January 24th 2010



4752 Comments


my mate loves these. Will check it out.

fromtheinside
January 24th 2010



17937 Comments


owns so good, it hurts.

sspedding
January 24th 2010



4752 Comments


Sound, good review. Pos'd

IRAI
January 24th 2010



1567 Comments


this is pretty good so far...

fromtheinside
January 24th 2010



17937 Comments


criminally underrated i say.



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