Drowningman
Rock And Roll Killing Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by HSThomas USER (33 Reviews)
April 20th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Appetite for self-destruction.

When this album was being made, Simon Brody pointed out about how rushed and stressful Rock and Roll Killing Machine was to make. Even before it was allowed to destroy a person’s ears, this album was already considered a mistake and now, it still sounds like a mess of genre-mutilation and rage. Oh but what a glorious mess it is though.

Genres maybe mashed together on the album but what could be a weakness becomes one of the music’s greatest strengths thanks to the harmonies of the twin guitarists. The harmonies form a spastic, drop-tuned core to the music and switch between the multitudes of genres and tempos. The guitar work, though, has a firm anchor within the dissonance and catchiness of emo, metalcore and indie rock. It is restraint in excess and it defines this album. From this seething centre, songs build to crescendos before they implode in on themselves in short bursts. Many a time a melodic riff builds and builds before it is demolished under a wave of dual screaming and dissonance. Ideas like this are commonplace in emo but Drowningman’s colourful palette prevents it from ever becoming banal. Indeed the multitudes of influences add a very personal element to the extremities of the music. What is seemingly a rushed pile of junk, is in fact the purest expression of the band’s excesses; a psychopathic, bastard child with nothing but a knife in its hand and two blood-shot eyes targeted at existence itself.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011


16789 Comments


lots of short reviews today.

but this is still very well written.

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HighandDriving
April 20th 2011


3288 Comments


Good job, it's nice to see these albums added to the db. Review the BBTS/Luddite Clone EP and become even cooler.


ffs
April 20th 2011


4883 Comments


yeeh

alachlahol
April 20th 2011


7509 Comments


adding +5 points to htthomas hipster cred

iFghtffyrdmns
April 20th 2011


7047 Comments


yes I guess we're all just feeling too perturbed and angsty for long, flowing, polished reads.

still a good review though... if there's one thing I would change:

"Oh but what a glorious mess it is though."
I would take the word 'though' out, it sounds redundant since you already have the 'but' in there, at least in my opinion.

accompliceofmydeath
April 20th 2011


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only Drowningman I don't have. Sounds like I'll need to pick this up.

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Zettel
April 20th 2011


602 Comments


Incorrect running time.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011


16789 Comments


your critique is longer than the review

Zettel
April 20th 2011


602 Comments


Hahaha. You are right.



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