Admiral Angry
Buster


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
December 18th, 2012 | 15 replies | 2,907 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For those who like their angry music tuned to dropped Zb and served with a side of pessimism and a cold glass of hatred.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If you've ever heard Black Sheep Wall's debut, I Am God Songs, then you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect going into Buster. Both albums are obscenely heavy, nihilistic, and pissed-off slabs of ridiculously drop-tuned, breakdown-infested hardcore/sludge fusion, and they both stick to a single formula for their entire duration. I suppose that one could complain about this lack of variety, but I highly doubt that either band even attempted for a moment to inject variety into their music. They both create music not for the sake of creativity, pushing boundaries, or artistry: rather, they crafted these albums for the sole purpose of channeling a single emotion through a single unwavering musical style, and in this regard they are roaring successes, for Black Sheep Wall's debut is one of the most hopeless, nihilistic, and depressing things I've ever heard, and I'll be damned if I've ever had the opportunity to listen to an angrier and more unhinged album than Buster.

I mean, holy God in heaven, this thing is really angry, and variation would undoubtedly only weaken its anger. First of all, Buster has only three speeds: hardcore, slower breakdown, and glacial breakdown. One could also call these, respectively, "I ***ing hate you," "I am prepared to beat you to a pulp right this second, you little ***," and "I am literally curbstomping your stupid ***ing face right now, you God damned asshole". Strangely enough, these three speeds perfectly represent the three "emotions" displayed by Admiral Angry on this album.

The first speed/emotion, "I ***ing hate you," is a speedier hardcore-esque style slightly reminiscent of a sludgier Kerouac, and it provides the bulk of and the basic template for most on the songs on Buster. I'd be amiss if I didn't mention Chris L.'s vocal performance, which is most prominent during these sections: gritty, scratchy, dying-animal shrieks that are just comprehensible enough that you can hear (angry) lyrical gems such as this:

I walk like sex with a stranger
You *** like the day you were born to
Feel pumping behavior
I'll *** you away
I'll *** you away...
If you want to go home


Yes, this album is, indeed, that angry, and thank God that we are able to decipher some of these lyrical gems, for any man worth his salt knows that there is a statistically significant correlation between the number of times one says "***" in a song and how angry the song is on a scale of one to Irving.

The second speed/emotion, "I am prepared to beat you to a pulp right this second, you little ***", is more akin with the slower and more hateful moments of the music of Black Sheep Wall or Meshuggah, combining the overpowering nihilism of the former with the obscene tunings and the sexy grooves of the latter to create something that would make Buster an unbearably angry album even if the third speed/emotion weren't present. This final gear, "I am literally curbstomping your stupid ***ing face right now, you God damned asshole", is an absolutely beautiful thing. Here, the breakdowns of the second gear are slowed down even further and they groove even harder.

However, this in and of itself isn't enough to make these the angriest ***ing breakdowns ever to exist, as many very questionable deathcore bands slow things down in order to make their music heavy, and it rarely works. No: the factor that pushes this third gear over the top in terms of how much of an aural beating Buster gives you is how absolutely ***ing ridiculously low the guitars are tuned during these sections. To make a long story short, during these parts Admiral Angry tune their instruments to dropped Zb and make Meshuggah's "Nebulous" look like a pussy piece of ***. I swear to God: if you don't believe me, listen to album closer "Illusion of Strength" and wait for the last minute or so. They first go to a dropped Z breakdown of the aforementioned pulp-beating gear and you're like, "holy *** how can I still hear the notes they're playing", then they transition to the curbstomping gear and tune their guitars to double dropped Zbbbb and every note turns to inaudible mud but it doesn't matter because this is so ***ing angry.

To conclude the most informative and professional review I have ever written, let me give you a summary of [Admiral Angry's masterpiece of unadulterated "*** you", Buster. Point A: there is absolutely no variation, because that just isn't angry enough. Point B: the lyrics are brilliant - and very angry - and they use the angriest of words, "***", many times and to good effect. Point C: this album operates on three gears. These gears are "I hate you", "I am going to beat the *** out of you", and "I am curbstomping your face because your face is stupid". Point D: the third gear is the angriest of gears and it makes every other group in existence look like a merry little band of pussies.

***.



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Ignimbrite
December 18th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To put it simply, this started off as one of my normally beautifully-written and highly-professional reviews, but at a certain point I couldn't figure out what to write next and I decided that professionalism and prose could go fuck themselves. I just finished finals and I think they sapped all of the giving a shit out of my system

Enjoy this while it lasts. I can't guarantee that my conscience will allow this abomination to exist for long before I beg for its deletion.

auberginedreams
December 18th 2012



6028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think this came out in 2008 and also the album art i've seen is different. is this a reissue?

Ignimbrite
December 18th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It lists it as being released in 2008, although idk about the art.

slipnslide
December 18th 2012



2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album drags on quite a bit at times but its still fucking awesome and heavy as hell. Blasting plastic bath and having the vocals kick in is the quickest way to clear a room ever.

Ignimbrite
December 18th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it drags

but it's heavy and angry so idgaf

CaptainDooRight
December 19th 2012



28667 Comments


cheifing rev, posd

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Ignimbrite
December 19th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, I feel that this blows my Amenra review out of the water

DurzoBlint
January 31st 2013



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Breakdown at the end of illusion of strength was awesome.

Spec
January 31st 2013



27102 Comments


This is pretty sick.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

DurzoBlint
February 1st 2013



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit... this album contains insane amounts of groovy heaviness. I think the production is stellar
also.

Ignimbrite
February 1st 2013



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this rules.

wacknizzle
February 1st 2013



12863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I WALK LIKE SEX WITH A STRANGER
YOU FUCK LIKE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN...
TO FEEL PUMPING BEHAVIOR
ILL FUCK YOU AWAY!!!!!!!

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

NastyCrab
February 4th 2013



328 Comments


*POWER FROWN*

sixdegrees
February 4th 2013



16907 Comments


album is pissed off af

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

slipnslide
February 4th 2013



2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I walk like sex with a stranger thx



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