Unsane
Total Destruction


5.0
classic

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
March 10th, 2010 | 6 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unsane deliver a stronger, darker album despite line-up changes and death of band members.

For those who don't know, Unsane is one of the more violent bands to come out of the New York noise scene. There was an album before this, their famous self-titled disc and their drummer had died a year of the first cd was complete. This time, they replaced their former drummer, Charlie Ondras, with Vinnie Signorelli of Swans fame. Their style had changed a little bit from the last album, but not too significantly. Unsane at this point consisted of

Chris Spencer-vocals/guitar
Pete Shore-bass/vocals
Vinnie Signorelli-drums

This cd differs somewhat from their last album in that the songs are more based on slower, heavier Black Sabbath-mixed-with-punk riffs. The songs are slower and heavier and are harder than ever before. The Album kicks open with the song Body Bomb which contains a pounding, relentless riff and mixed shouts and screams from Pete and Chris. From there on, Total Destruction just gets better. Road Trip has catchy riffs and abrasive vocals and appears later in the album. Another good song is Wayne with its fast-paced and incomprehensible vocals.

The guitar work on the album is heavier with more palm-muted riffage. There are less distorted guitar solos, but the solos that are on here are really well crafted. S.O.S. has a ripping bluesy solo near the end which ends the song on a high note. The riffs are well-made and are bound to stick in your head

The bass guitar is just a tad quieter this time around, but it still plays the role of a second guitar. The bass has a heavy sound and always keeps a rhythmic shuffle despite changes in the music. The drums, done by Vinnie Signorelli this time around, are not as tribal, but they keep the rhythm well and really add to the songs in certain moments.

I coldn't find anything wrong with Total Destruction except that if your not a fan of aggressive music or louad, noisy songs, then this won't appeal to you at all. Other than that, i found the cd to have well-crafted songs and sharp moments that will put a smile to your face. Check this out if you want to get into Unsane or noise-rock.

Best Tracks
+Body Bomb
+Road Trip
+Wayne
+Black Book
+Trench

Worst tracks
-none

music video for Body Bomb featuring Jack Natz of Cop Shoot Cop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDulzkRMO4A&feature=related



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Urinetrouble
March 10th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i made sure to check my review and make it seem more professional and not as opinionated

Urinetrouble
March 10th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

what? crap i made a mistake. i only have a work computer/laptop thing so i can't fix it or my other review. everyone should check this album out. its unsane. lol

porch
March 10th 2010


8460 Comments


"There was an album before this, their famous self-titled disc and their drummer had died a year of the first cd was complete"

I assume you mean a year BEFORE..

i'll read the rest of the review later. Album and band is awesome

Urinetrouble
March 10th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i meant a year after the first cd was complete, so he died in 1992. only two minor mistakes. nothin that bad. see mistakes in reviews here all the time from other people.

porch
March 10th 2010


8460 Comments


Don't take it personally when people point out spelling/grammar mistakes

Urinetrouble
March 10th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i don't think i am but okay sure. im listened to this as i wrote it and im still listening to it. its that good. its oop, so you might have to download it somewhere. i have it on cd though



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