Chotto Ghetto
Walk is Godlike


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
February 8th, 2011 | 33 replies | 6,822 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Original hardcore? No way, dude...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

No one wants to read yet another intro paragraph about how genre x has become stagnant and boring, but let's face it: it is frustratingly difficult to find a completely original hardcore band in the present day and age. It's not to say that hardcore bands are generally boring, as even a few incredibly unoriginal acts have created noteworthy records, but there is certainly a lack of inventiveness within the scene. California hardcore act Chotto Ghetto, signed to Quote Unquote Records, have, in this sense, accomplished an exceedingly difficult feat. They have created 19 minutes of so-called "progressive hardcore" that is, in fact, completely unique and non-derivative. Sure, their sophomore record Walk Is Godlike clearly displays some influences from other bands, as it's completely impossible to make music without them, but that's all they are: influences. There is a fine line between influence and plagiarism, and Chotto Ghetto are miles away from it.

For those who are also OCD about their iTunes genre fields, as mentioned before, this album could easily be categorized as progressive hardcore. Of course, when trying to describe a band's music by two or three words there will always be inherent inaccuracies but this tag is the most fitting descriptor possible for Chotto Ghetto's music. There are hardcore aspects aplenty here. The vocals toe the line between energetic and harsh, the production is rough, and the bass is just as integral a part of the music as are the guitars. Like a typical hardcore album, Walk Is Godlike is under 20 minutes, making it a perfect fit for those who are short on time or who have short attention spans. However, as pointed to by the "progressive part" of "progressive hardcore" this is not an easy listen (by hardcore standards), even if it is relatively brief. A song's time signatures will change more than the average listener can count and a good portion of the guitar and basslines are complex to a level that is generally uncharacteristic for hardcore music. Chotto Ghetto even add proggy instrumental breaks into their music (Liquid Diamond Lipstick, Midnight Noir) that shake things up by incorporating jazzy horns into their sub-2-minute durations. The music also showcases variety in the percussion section through its use of unconventional techniques such as bongos, especially during the songs' softer sections.

The best thing about Walk Is Godlike is that even at its most progressive it never becomes tedious. It's not an easy listen at all, as there is far too much to absorb here for it to be listened to passively, but it is always incredibly, mind-bendingly fun. From the jazzy, bass-dominated sections in closer Tattooed Holidays to the almost danceable rhythms and the delicious solo of In the Warehouse of the 7 Sins to the wonderfully riffy catchiness of Between King and Clean this is an album that manages to be both uncommonly intelligent and surprisingly bouncy at the same time. It also helps that there's a real sense that the band members themselves had a really good time making this. Walk Is Godlike has an almost garage-band-ish vibe throughout, both in its unpolished-but-not-quite-raw production and the tangible bounciness that emanates from every energetic vocal section and every groovy bassline of the entire album. It's not a classic, and Chotto Ghetto certainly have a few issues to work out (namely a lack of cohesiveness and a feeling of this album being sort of thrown together without too much thought at some points) before they can come anywhere close to making one, but with their obvious passion for music and their completely original take on hardcore, this Cali act is one to watch out for.



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wyankeif1337
February 8th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been meaning to write this for a while, tell me what you think.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 8th 2011



7047 Comments


Nice review, have a pos.
One thing: (Liquid Diamond Lipstick, Midnight Noir
you forgot to close the parentheses on that one, but not a real big deal and easily fixed.

been meaning to check these guys out for quite some time, maybe this will inspire me enough to actually go ahead and do that.

Josh D.
February 8th 2011



13967 Comments


This is one of a few recent acquisitions that I haven't really listened to.

wyankeif1337
February 8th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

both of you. DO IT.

i had this at a 3 first, then went back to it a couple months later and 4'd it. it's a grower, just don't take it at face value.

cvlts
February 8th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

was wondering when this was gonna get reviewed. had a couple ideas for this swimmin around but never got to it.

good stuff.

wyankeif1337
February 8th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was actually surprised that you hadn't reviewed this, genocide.

Satellite
February 8th 2011



20728 Comments


YES!

i kicked around the idea reviewing this. i've got a half-finished review of one of their labelmates' albums that i need to wrap up soon.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2011



7174 Comments


Great review wyankief. Pos for you :D

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gabethepiratesquid
February 9th 2011



4521 Comments


I've had this album for a while and always loved it.

WALK IS
WALK IS GOD
GOD IS LIKE
WALK IS
WALK IS GOD
GOD IS LIKE

Hep Kat
February 9th 2011



15349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool band. they friend requested me on last.fm

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Blackbelt54
February 9th 2011



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. i'm glad to see someone reviewed this

Satellite
February 9th 2011



20728 Comments


http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur026/qur026.zip

the download link for anyone interested.

Spare
April 5th 2011



5271 Comments


can't believe i missed this review. album is ridiculous.

gabethepiratesquid
January 5th 2012



4521 Comments


great album, I need to catch up on these guys to see if they've made anything else worth checking out since this.

mxbrady
February 8th 2012



982 Comments


This is... good.

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danielito19
July 28th 2013



4908 Comments


this album has become daily listening.

Kman418
July 28th 2013



10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i heard a song off this a while ago and it was crazy good

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danielito19
July 31st 2013



4908 Comments


download this album kman you would like it

Kman418
July 31st 2013



10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

on it

Kman418
July 31st 2013



10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is some really interesting shit



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