Weekend Nachos
Worthless


4.5
superb

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
May 18th, 2011 | 202 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Get Fucked.

When Weekend Nachos came onto the hardcore scene with releases like Torture EP and Punish and Destroy, there was something instantly loveable about them. The band had their fair share of generic d-beats and vocals that complained about “trendy fucks in the scene”, yet they retained this unique sense of diversity and a knack for switching it up that permeated every song. Within songs the band could smoothly transition from fast bits of powerviolence to slow-paced, sludgy riffs. The band delved into the youthful aspect of hardcore, with songs like “4 years” that were 9 seconds(school is strife, waste of fucking time), yet simultaneously wrote socially conscious epics such as “Acceptable Violence”(which very well could have one of the best outros of any hardcore song). While the vocal quality improved in later releases, the band’s work became a bit divisive, toying with lengthy noise intros and slower, brooding rhythms. While it turned some fans off, it showed that Weekend Nachos could avoid regression and keep their artistry fresh.

With Worthless, they’ve managed to take all of the best aspects of their previous work, have them updated and refined, and perfectly synthesized into one of the most satisfying hardcore records of the year. On the new LP, the band display some of the most technical, thrashing moments of unadulterated powerviolence, as well as the thickest, most crushing riffs heard from them yet. What makes them even better is the schizophrenic weaving of these two styles that the group so swiftly pulls off. Songs like “Frostbitten” demonstrate this with perfection, transitioning unexpectedly from ominous guitar chugs into a fast array of d-beats and a mix of high-pitched screams and classic Weekend Nachos vocals. Speaking of which, the vocals are one of the strongest points of the record. John Hoffman’s vocals are stronger than ever, high in the mix and distinguishable for a hard-hitting effect. They capitalize on the most climactic parts of the music, giving them a sense of control and allowing the lyrics to reach the listener better. On Worthless, the group makes their most effective use yet of guest vocals; within the majority of the tracks, there are sporadically used high-pitched screams that counter and compliment John’s low grunts uncannily. Remember the screams of “you live and breathe like everyone else motherucker!” on classic Nachos track “Shot In The Head”? Sections like that are to be found all over Worthless and it creates these perfect little moments that make the record so memorable and awesome.

And ultimately that’s what makes Worthless such a wonderful record; it is best embraced by the individual moments of musical brilliance and passion. While it’s a great record as a whole, delving into it will have the listener finding different little musical combustions and frantic cries that make each track. And none of it feels contrived, the band evoking the authenticity and classic sound of their early work for effect. While it may not be the most original or innovative display of hardcore, Worthless is a record with such a spirited demeanor that it further reminds us of why Weekend Nachos are one of the best hardcore groups out there currently.



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Enotron
May 18th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first time i've reviewed anything since march

go easy on me i've forgotten how to do it

Enotron
May 18th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh i hate how i do nothing but basically describe the music

but eh what can i say its a really awesome record and everything about it slays

Relinquished
May 18th 2011


25311 Comments


it's not THAT good. Torture will remain to be their best.

FatChickIrl
May 18th 2011


4096 Comments


Cool gonna check this out

handoman
May 18th 2011


2386 Comments


user ratings are flipping you off

Enotron
May 18th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like torture a lot, but it's a little too poorly produced and the vocals aren't too good on it. the songs are sick though

FatChickIrl
May 18th 2011


4096 Comments


Weekend Nachos gives no hint of grind or metalcore, I was a bit surprised haha

sixthgoldenticket
May 18th 2011


1176 Comments


great review, these guys just played my town a few weeks ago with masakari. new album is a definite step up for them

cvlts
May 18th 2011


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OLD FRIENDS DONT MEAN SHIT!!!!!!

Enotron
May 18th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^that is one of my favorite moments on the album

Yazz_Flute
May 18th 2011


18819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Need to hear this.

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Motiv3
May 18th 2011


8939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you do, excellent record.

SeaAnemone
May 18th 2011


20587 Comments


And ultimately that’s what makes Worthless such a wonderful record; it is best embraced by the individual moments of musical brilliance and passion. While it’s a great record as a whole, delving into it will have the listener finding different little musical combustions and frantic cries that make each track. And none of it feels contrived, the band evoking the authenticity and classic sound of their early work for effect.


this so hard. nice job Eno I agree wholeheartedly. good to have ya back : )

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twlichty
May 18th 2011


3412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see a review for this. solid hardcore album

Ire
May 18th 2011


41805 Comments


yessssss nice review mane

Enotron
May 18th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks breh

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 19th 2011


10615 Comments


The band had their fare share..


Unless the band is sharing a bus ticket I think you mean "fair."

Really excellent review man, good to see you return! Pos.


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Rev
May 19th 2011


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review man



album slays

Enotron
May 19th 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah will edit xeno

cheers dudes, feels good

rasputin
May 19th 2011


14550 Comments


1. this is not a 4.5. it's really good but yeah, get real

2. sentences like 'The band had their fair share of generic blast beats and cookie monster vocals' makes me think you have no idea what you're talking about

3. and this one too 'the band display some of the most technical, thrashing moments of unadulterated powerviolence'

4. um yeah



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