A Wilhelm Scream
Mute Print


4.5
superb

Review

by Pete Mossberg USER (22 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


A Wilhelm Scream - Mute Print
[url]www.awilhelmscream.com[/url]
[url]www.nitrorecords.com[/url]

Review;
A Willhelm scream is a legendary sound effect originated in some old 50's Hollywood film - it's basically a shriek of pain, that has been reoccuring in many movies (like "There's Something About Mary", "Toy Story" and all of the "Star Wars"-movies). A Wilhelm Scream, on the other hand, is the product of a bunch of guys playing together in a band called Smackin' Isaiah, only to go through some line-up changes and reforming with new fuel and ambitions. "A Mute Print" is the band's sophomore release, and their Nitro Records debut album. Now, Smackin' Isaiah never got very big - which probably is the reason for the band now reforming to put 100% of their time and effort into making music - so many of you have no idea about who these guys are and what they sound like. To be honest - before this release, neither did I. But I'm definitely glad that I, in the midst of anticipating some awesome releases this year, have found myself a new "Favourite Band".

Like a pissed off Thrice. Yeah, that's about how they sound. It's complex, beautiful, catchy, hard, melodius, inspired - but also filled with attitude, aggression and enough energy to power a suburban neighborhood (or a small castle, or something). From opening a capella to closing waltz, this is an album packed to the rim with vocal and instrumental harmonies, stop-go rhythms, hooks, and catchphrases - everything sticky enough to stay with you for a long time (provided melodicore is your cup of tea - I don't see why it shouldn't be though). While aWS sounds a bit too much like Thrice at times (like on the otherwise awesome "The Rip"), both the vocals and lyrics hold enough originality and personality to easily set them apart from all other bands out there today. Lead vocalist Nuno Pereira's pissed off, harsh-shouting vocals - almost constantly backed by bassist Jonathan or guitarists Trevor's singing - might not be the most soothing, but they definitely add to the whole feel of the album. And that's nothing but a good thing.

The bands blazing dual guitarwork and brilliant songwriting is most apparent on Thrice-esque single "The Rip" (a extremely catchy song about how everyone is talking but no one has anything to say), "Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks" (a song I fell in love with upon the first listen, and one that's got me hooked to the point where I listen to it almost every day) and bitter betrayal story "Stab Stab Stab". But they're not beyond writing simple, effective pop songs with melodicore arrangements - like "Retiring" and "Dreaming of Throwing Up". All excellent songs in their own right.

On what should be the downside - there are a few things... Not many, just a few. For starters, it is a bit annoying to, every now and then, think someone just changed the CD to Thrice's latest album. Although Thrice are excellent, they have their style. But, meh - aWS does a beautiful emulation, without resorting to blatant thievery. Other quirk - some of the lyrics are too nonsensical for me. I get the general idea and emotions conveyed from most of them, but some of them just seem like drivel to me... Maybe I'm just reading them wrong, though.

This release is definitely a strong candidate for "Album of the Year 2004" - it's just great. You can really tell that there's loads of effort, time, talent and passion invested in this album. Every aspect of it, from production to artwork to songs to lyrics, just shine with an aura of accomplishment, and I'm totally sold. We've all been waiting for someone to raise the bar on melodicore - this just might be that raise.

Grade;
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4.5 / 5

/FatPete

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NewKindofArmy03
June 2nd 2004


26 Comments


the rip and famous friends and fashion drunks are the only songs ive heard. they're both really good. i gave my friend money to order the album but it hasn't come yet.

Petter91
December 5th 2004


1 Comments


[QUOTE=NewKindofArmy03]the rip and famous friends and fashion drunks are the only songs ive heard. they're both really good. i gave my friend money to order the album but it hasn't come yet.[/QUOTE]

I have 3 of there Cds and all the tracks ive heard are ****in' awsome! There is not 1 track that isn't good! This is defently one of there best CDs and they are one of the best bands around at the moment!

I would like to thank Dexter Holand and Nitro Records for publishing them!

NEDM
June 30th 2005


1113 Comments


You said, 'Like A Pissed Off Thrice'. I couldn't agree more.

Pete
July 9th 2005


189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit, I mentioned Thrice thrice in this review =/

I still fucking love these guys, and I can't wait for their new album.

TheBurntOrange
August 3rd 2005


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new album comes out soon, hope it is as awesome as this one, the new track i heard wasn't that great though

TheBurntOrange
August 3rd 2005


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they don't sound like thrice

204409
Emeritus
August 3rd 2005


3996 Comments


TheBurntOrange is intelligent. FatPete is too. But he's also wrong. This is wayyyyy more punk derived whereas Thrice is more hardcore derived. Don't give me any BS subgenre stuff. Thrice is their own subgenre.

Pete
August 23rd 2005


189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think I was referring to the guitar harmonies and riffs. But I admit that, for some reason, I compared them to Thrice waaay too much.

204409
Emeritus
August 23rd 2005


3996 Comments


Whatevs. We can all have botch review for good albums, can't we?

Pete
August 23rd 2005


189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hehe, yeah, true.

CushMG15
October 6th 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't find this album anywhere, i guess i'll have to order it. I love "the rip". Ruiner is F'ing amazing. Nobody has reviewed it yet tho...perhaps I'll make it my first.

I heard a rumor that this is out of print...can someone enlighten me. Because it wouldn't make much sense if it were.



incubus62086
November 1st 2005


147 Comments


quite a stunning album, Ruiner is good but this one still tops it

CushMG15
November 6th 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I GOT THIS FUCKING ALBUM!!!


..and yes, I'm in love with it.

santi3hg
March 4th 2006


440 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album is great! i love it!

great review

garbagetruck32
March 11th 2006


32 Comments


thanks for the review

i finally listened to them and theyre great

thedriveinfan
May 25th 2006


2 Comments


why hasnt anyone review there first album, its another great cd. im not much of reviewer so thats why i havent but there first cd needs some props also. i absolutely love this band

Pete
May 27th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I should do "Benefits of Thinking Out Loud" or one of the Smackin' Isaiah albums.

Captain Civic
July 6th 2006


280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love this album. Gets better the more you listen to it.

... These guys aren't Satanists, are they?

trumpeter
September 9th 2006


4 Comments


My personal favorite AWS cd.

Cesar
March 14th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Civic: Or course they are not Stanic. They are awsome.



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