Curl Up and Die
Unfortunately We're Not Robots


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (18 Reviews)
February 13th, 2010 | 32 replies | 7,218 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Metalcore is an odd genre. The label of 'metalcore' was originally given to bands that played a blend of metal and hardcore punk, as a logically minded person might expect. In more recent times however it seems bands like Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine are being labelled as metalcore for reasons as arbitrary as use of breakdowns. The real reason for bands like this being afforded the label of metalcore seems to be elitism, die hard metal fans don't want to be associated with what they see as emo bull***.

Oddly enough, die hard fans of metalcore are now reacting in the same manner to these bands. These more modern 'metalcore' bands are differentiated from 'old school' or 'true' metalcore bands, again and perhaps ironically due to elitism. While this may or may not be relevant to the review, the point is Curl Up And Die are an 'old school' metalcore band.

Unfortunately We're Not Robots kicks off with four tracks that run into each other, collectively clocking in at just over 20 seconds. These four tracks, the subtly named "We", "Are" "All" and "Dead" briefly but perfectly encapsulate what the listener can expect from the album. Sometimes crushing, sometimes dissonant guitar work. A strong throaty scream from a man who sounds like his tongue is paralysed. Admirable drumming that is restrained when appropriate. Bass that is kind of buried due to the intesity of the majority of the record, but that fleshes out the sound nicely.

Following this intro, the album really kicks off. The song structures are as unpredictable and chaotic as one would expect from the genre, for instance the twenty-four second "100 M.P.H. Vomit Dedicated To Jon" ends abruptly with a very short breakdown. The next song, "On The Run From Johnny Law Ain't No Trip To Cleveland" features a very improbable melodic riff but these kind of hectic changes are executed with finesse and never feel forced.

It comes as a surprise then, that the song with the most standard song structure is the centerpiece and probably the best song on the album. "You'd Be Cuter If I Shot You In The Face" is centred around a single riff. An utterly crushing, spectacular riff. The song is basically a series of superbly judged build-ups all culminating in this riff. Even Mike Minnick's screams, which up until this song usually take precedence, are almost drowned out by the sheer ferocity of the riff, but his cascading sorrowful cries only add to the overpowering heaviness of this riff.

Unfortunately We're Not Robots also has some very surreal moments. At the end of "Make Like A Computer And Get With The Program" there is a strange loop of feedback effects which repeats for a minute or so, while a strange computer-like voice murmurs in the background. The album closer, "Rich Hall (Runner Up In A Carson Daly Lookalike Contest)", has a chaotic structure in line with rest of the album until about two and a half minutes in, when it concludes in a very unlikely and relatively sedated piano-led outro, something that would not be out of place as background music in a lift. The piano line slowly distorts as it fades out, leaving the listener with the jarring but oddly appropriate feeling that the album was just a joke.

As mentioned at the start of the review, this is an 'old school' metalcore album. Don't be put off by the bad band name or the baffling song titles, it is by no means a classic within the genre, but if you're a fan of metalcore this is an excellent album for you.

4.1/5



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ffs
February 12th 2010



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more people should listen to this band

americanmusicmachine
February 12th 2010



3953 Comments


nice review, I only have their ep's but yeah good band.

SlightlyEpic
February 12th 2010



5780 Comments


This album is great, good review too. "You'd Be Cuter If I Shot You In The Face" is sooo good.

BlackRoseBurial
February 12th 2010



17 Comments


great album, good review. you should consider re-writing the you'd be cuter if i shot you in the face paragraph, though, as every sentence ends with "riff", which makes it kind of weird to read.

ffs
February 13th 2010



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was intentional to be honest, that riff is pretty much what the song is all about

sniper
February 13th 2010



18961 Comments


Good review. I'll be checking this out.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

GibTG
February 13th 2010



279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why the ridiculous recs?

ikarus
February 13th 2010



560 Comments


i wish bands would stop naming songs like this

sniper
February 13th 2010



18961 Comments


Agreed. Especially when it takes longer to say the title than to listen to the song.

americanmusicmachine
February 13th 2010



3953 Comments


I don't know I like how terrible cuad's song titles are, sorta charming. and more intresting than 'doug', 'weapon', 'words' and shit titles like that.

Maes
April 5th 2010



78 Comments


throughly enjoyed this, vocals are nothing special though.

eternium
July 26th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What I've heard off of this is great. Got rec'd by a couple of guys I found that actually like good metalcore.

EvilCashew
October 10th 2010



132 Comments


Gonna have to check this out.

ffs
October 10th 2010



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any bros who enjoy the albums by these dudes should listen to their 2 newer eps too. "god is in his
heaven all is right with the world" owns. it owns!

fr33convict
October 10th 2010



11687 Comments


Need to listen to this.

accompliceofmydeath
December 9th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Grind-y metalcore, who could ask for anything more?

wacknizzle
November 18th 2012



12623 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, more people need to listen to Curl Up and Die. I also might bump this to a 4.5.

Digging: Systems - Ghost Medicine

ffs
November 18th 2012



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the one above all , , , is slightly better but this has you'd be cuter if i shot you in the face which is the second best cuad song

CK
December 23rd 2013



4881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good listen. Heard it before and heard it done better, but definitely worth the listen

Pheromone
December 23rd 2013



3410 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nope

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