Unsane
Occupational Hazard


4.0
excellent

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
March 25th, 2010 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unsane deliver a higher quality, more metal album.

Occupational Hazard is Unsane's second album with bassist/vocalist David Curran. This album is similar to the last album, but heavier and with better songs. Occupational Hazard was released on Relapse Records in 1998.
(interesting fact:Pig Destroyer of the same label covered a song from this album called "Understand")
Unsane at this point were pretty close to breaking up due to issues of violence and moving drom one location to another. That is all and here is the review.....

Occupational Hazard is rated slightly higher than Scattered(the album before this) simply because the songwriting is better. The riffs are heavier and catchier, the vocals are angrier and more distorted and the bass and drums are more audible this time around. Everything about this album is better. It's an improvement from the last one. All the instruments are just performed better.

The guitar playing is extremely catchy and on here, the riffs aren't based on making as much noise as possible, they're more based on songwriting. The guitar playing is a lot less bluesy and has more heavy metal and grindcore influences than before. The vocals tend to be a noise rock-meets-grindcore style too. They're deeper and throatier. There is even a bit of a growl in there too. Yet some how the vocals and lyrics are clearer and tend to be either depressing or violent lyrics. songs such as Comitted have lyrics like
Need for correction. I stand with a gun in my hand. It's time for inspection.Wipe off the blood on your hands that tend to be of a violent and nihilistic nature. Other than that, there isn't much else to say about the other instruments except that they're more rhythmic and groovy on this record.

Songs such as the previously mentioned Comitted and Sick tend to be slow, heavy drawls more akin to sludge metal than noise rock with hard,pounding and slow moving riffs. Some faster songs include Over Me and Hazmat.Overall the album is very good and contributes itself as one of the best noise-metal releases of the 1990's



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Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

told ya id do it today. said it on ma list

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

um heres some links
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64pkZVr9XcQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0d4fyh2UoI

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump, bump bump

i need to know what to improve on. i write reviews for the magazine our record store puts out and i need to know how to improve

Brylawski
March 26th 2010


709 Comments


Too short, needs more detail

Zettel
March 26th 2010


602 Comments


Well, if you write for a small magazine for very practical purposes, your reviews are alright. Maybe they are not very detailed, but provides enough information for the potential listener. Do you mean the reviews you post here are put also in the magazine, or you write different stuff?

People in Sputnik may demand more in-depth writing, but it depends on your goals.

EDIT: By the way, the tunes you posted were great, too. I am still not sure this is my type of stuff, but I like it.

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i write reviews like this for a fanzine we have at our store. fanzine reviews are good. because its none of the rolling stone, neutral bs. they tell you if the album sucks or not

and if you want to read some old fanzines go here
http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/archivespage.html

Zettel
March 26th 2010


602 Comments


Thanks for the link.

accompliceofmydeath
October 8th 2010


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band rules hard.

Digging: Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable

random
August 9th 2012


2268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I believe "Committed" was on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.



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