The Kodan Armada
A Collection Of Songs


4.5
superb

Review

by RebelWithoutApplause USER (1 Reviews)
April 4th, 2010 | 173 replies | 9,755 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's a pretty messed up situation but that doesn't mean we can't have a party or have a good time.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

”Punk rock is f***ing self-expression. Punk rock is creating something outside of mainstream society to keep us sustained. If you don’t f***ing believe in that, then I’m sorry but this what it is to me and this is all I have.”

There is a common misconception when I drop the term “emo” during a conversation about music, often that of a confused tilting of the head or a painful wince with the imagery of a self-abused teenager wearing a Devil Wears Prada t-shirt which usually spoils hope for any group stamped with this label. Unfortunately, less than 1% of people in normal society think of bands like Neil Perry, Orchid, and Circle Takes The Square when a person or a band is accused of being “emo.”

Kodan Armada is the definitive emo group which is saying more than enough about a band. Never in my life have I heard a more true-to-life record caught in a web of extreme emotion and incredible delivery like Kodan Armada’s A Collection Of Songs. The band had a few lineup changes before finalizing with Dan Davis and Brent Woosley on vocals, Craig Isaacs on guitar, Cory Popp on bass, and Ryan Swigart on drums. The album (or compilation, whatever you want to call it) is basically a storytelling of the band’s career with each interlude between songs being an interview or live recording where the members of the band speak their minds about music, society, and sometimes explain what the following song is written about.

“This song is about how someone in Louisville, who was handcuffed and had a tiny knife, but got shot fourteen times by two cops and they got away with it… bull***.”

This excerpt, taken from Handcuffs, was explained to a crowd just moments before they played Cops which has to be the most emotional track on the record. There is an ambient break about forty seconds in that leads into a powerful, accentual chant: “It’s not you I hate… it’s you’re f***ing race!” which is repeated several times before lead vocalist Dan Davis has a discordant monologue: “When someone is handcuffed, he does not deserve to be shot fourteen times!” The pure intensity conveyed through Dan’s voice puts the listener in a sort of reassuring perspective of how society isn’t always moral. Although this all sounds fairly cheesy through words, the actual music itself will definitely put you in your place. There is, however, one song on the album that doesn’t completely take itself seriously (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all considering it’s one of my favorite parts of the album) called One which starts off fretful but transitions into an allusive, funny break where the band plays a part of Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas before returning to Kodan's original sound.

Overall, A Collection Of Songs is an anthology of aggressive instrumentation, heavily passionate vocals/lyrics, and an insightful (occasionally humorous) outlook of a band who created intense and sometimes beautiful music. My recommended tracks are: No Has Never Had 3 Letters, Iwishididnthatemyself.com, Handcuffs/Cops, One, and Butterfly Effect.


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RebelWithoutApplause
April 4th 2010



220 Comments


This is my first review so take it as you may.

Transient
April 4th 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the kodan armada drinks pee

RebelWithoutApplause
April 4th 2010



220 Comments


Haha, I'm actually listening to Butterfly Effect right now.

It's not Gennick I hate, it's his fucking face!

Transient
April 4th 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

review is good but kind of cringe-worthy at points. still, for a first it's great and at least your writing style is easy to read.

RebelWithoutApplause
April 4th 2010



220 Comments


Yeah, I know what you mean. Can't expect much from a high school sophomore like myself.

Plutonio
April 4th 2010



474 Comments


^^don't ever say that, it generalizes those who are under you as terrible writers. Not always the case.

RebelWithoutApplause
April 4th 2010



220 Comments


Well, compared to Greer and Chan, I'm not the best reviewer. :P

Edit: I changed a few parts that sounded frankly fruity.

kitsch
April 4th 2010



5107 Comments


lol you think greer and chan are good reviewers lol

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2010



17920 Comments


umm

SrightryEpic
April 4th 2010



1195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kind of unecessary how every emo/screamo review talks about people not knowing the meaning of tr00 emo~*~

good first review though keep it up

RebelWithoutApplause
April 4th 2010



220 Comments


Yeah, sort of a cliche around these parts.

Adabelle
February 29th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumped hard.

Adabelle
February 29th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Twice because it's better.

ffs
February 29th 2012



4819 Comments


got this a while ago, still haven't listened to it all yet. not huge on emo violence or whatever you call it tbh

Adabelle
February 29th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you were gonna rate it less than a 4, don't rate it at alllllllllllllll.

Adabelle
March 27th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Would anyone like to discuss this?

Adabelle
April 27th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AND THIS WILL ALWAYS BE, THE BEST DAY, OF MY LIFE.

Adabelle
May 10th 2012



4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Writing a review for thisssssssss

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is phenomenal holy shit

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

deathofasalesman
July 23rd 2012



5811 Comments


You mean the review? Oh yeah phenomenal writing I mean a-grade stuff.



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