Car Bomb
w^w^^w^w


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fry Farnsworth USER (45 Reviews)
October 5th, 2012 | 60 replies | 7,286 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not ear rape if you liked it..

10 of 12 thought this review was well written

There are many avenues of playing and presenting one’s music in order to keep the listener engaged and well, listening. Bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Swans accomplish this passively by creating a dense atmosphere through their music that one can either choose to explore or not. This leaves room for interpretation and vastly different levels of understanding and appreciation based on what you think the artist was trying to do. On the opposite end of that spectrum bands like Car Bomb take their music and beat you with it until you’re in the fetal position softly weeping in the corner, but then you realize, this is pretty good. This much more direct approach to presentation leaves little room for interpretation or speculation on what you think the artist is trying to do. With this convoluted barrage of low-toned guitars, heavy-hitting drums and constantly shifting time signatures, it’s pretty obvious what Car Bomb want to do, brutally attack and confuse your ears.

For something with such malicious intent, it’s hard not to grow to enjoy the sonic onslaught. Evident to musicians but maybe not so much to non musicians is these guys not only know what they’re doing with their instruments, they’re damn good. The level of concentration it must take to change gears back and forth on a dime makes mathcore intrinsically a more difficult genre to play then many others and Car Bomb’s sludge-tinged take on it works very well. The already off-kilter time signatures morph and change constantly throughout many of these songs which adds a degree of uncertainty to already a pretty darkly toned album. Another addition to this theme is the nearly complete omission of any wankery. No sweeps, scales, or arpeggios are utilized in this record, with only a small tapping bit at the end of “This Will Do The Job”. This may turn some people off but actually this decision fits the music perfectly. Dirty, chunky riffs are how Car Bomb gets their point across and combining that with the hard hitting drums makes for a truly brutal concoction.

Sprinkled throughout this release are flashes of the strange considering the tone of the album as a whole. At exactly two points Car Bomb actually goes soft on us. This may seem counter-intuitive but as a testament to their song writing prowess, these moments do not detract from neither the pacing nor the mood of the album. A Gnaw Your Tongues- like outro at the end of “Recursive Patterns” does nothing if not provide the listener a dark lull until you get snapped back awake by its abrupt ending and beginning of “Spirit of Poison” where we are treated to some strange Marilyn Manson sounding vocals (which honestly if you think about it is an upgrade from what we normally hear). “Soft” spot number two comes in the form of a short acoustic interlude in “Magic Bullet”. While its short length is both a good and bad thing, nothing is lost by its inclusion into the song. These moments are few and far between as the album as a whole is too focused on attacking you to worry about creating atmospheres.

This album is supposed to confuse and irritate your senses, be both brutal and yet coherent enough to call it mathcore, all for you to listen to it. Naming this album “ w^w^^w^w “ is proof enough of the sensibilities of Car Bomb and the type or record you’ll be getting yourself into. The experience however, is an immensely enjoyable one. Mathcore soaked in sludge is a potent combination that may not be groundbreaking but when done right the way like Car Bomb has here, is highly addictive.



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Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If the summary offended you I'm sorry it's too awesome to change. But this album is cool.

Streaming: http://carbomb.bandcamp.com/

JustinKing
October 5th 2012



1209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have to thank you for posting this. I listened to this yesterday, and damn.. It's just as good, if not better than Centralia.

Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Told ya I would lol

JustinKing
October 5th 2012



1209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album needs recognition. A fuckton of it.

JustinKing
October 5th 2012



1209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And by the way, megapos'd.

Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks good sir I see you wrote a review I'll check dat out

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2012



18570 Comments


Good review summary is a lil silly but whatevs pos buddy.

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ThroneOfAgony
October 5th 2012



3485 Comments


Ear rape more like album artwork rape

ThroneOfAgony
October 5th 2012



3485 Comments


Looks like a shitty psy-trance cover


Eclecticist
October 5th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol that summary

Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Throne did u listen to or like the music?

mindleviticus
October 5th 2012



7932 Comments


this is pretty rockin

Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never steered you wrong yet mindle

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2012



23606 Comments


album cover looks like an MPP ripoff

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AdenZerda
October 5th 2012



118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And here I had all but lost hope of another Car Bomb album. Good stuff; digging it a little more than Centralia because it's a bit less of a homogeneous listen

Calc
October 5th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've actually never heard Centralia but it looks like I shouldn't waste my time based on what i've heard. Glad you like the review though

HighandDriving
October 6th 2012



3230 Comments


Oh man I rememba Car Bomb from that bomb split with Burnt By The Sun.

Will check this out.

climactic
October 6th 2012



17146 Comments


i heard of this band awhile ago but never listened cause dum band name

HighandDriving
October 6th 2012



3230 Comments


Ya this shit is cray. Take the Gaza rec off so as not to embarrass yourself.

Calc
October 6th 2012



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

climactic if you like converge or gaza try these guys out



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