Defeater
Travels


4.5
superb

Review

by yidnarc USER (18 Reviews)
May 19th, 2013 | 54 replies | 1,661 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're a fan of punk, hardcore, or music in general than I think you'll have a field day with this fun album.

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The best part of loving a band for a long time is being able to see all the band's done to progress and become the band they are today. And one of the best offenders of this stereotype is Defeater, with their early outputs being much different than their newer, lighter stuff. This album is pure punk hardcore, nothing more nothing less, but it sure is a fun ride. Derek Archembalt is full wonder, singing his heart out with wild abandon, much nicer to hear than his later, forgive me for saying it, folker, counterpart. This is immediately evidenced by the opening song Blessed Burden. He shouts his heart out about being worthless and this is a very very common theme among the album. He sings with such a vindictive fury and rage that its hard to not take him completely seriously. The song has almost a hardcore punk vibe with him shouting "unwanted" at the top of his lungs over and over.

From here the album settles into a more hardcore style starting with the second track. This is a grate track, especially considering the dumb title, you might think the song would suck, but its actually one of the best on here. The slow build to go along with the vocal melody is simply brilliant, and is actually way better than the regular melody, which is a rare feat, so congrats to Derek for that one. The next track Nameless Streets is more of the same but its also a fun track with a bit of a hardcore edge. But he mixes things up on Prophet in Plain Clothes which is almost an acoustic folk Bob Dylan kind of song almost at the end where it gets more and more emotional until fizzling out like a brilliant firework in the sky. This would be a good time to talk about the band, on this outing they play pretty simple punk rhythms concerning the drums and bass. The guitar is pretty simple too and it would lead you to believe that the album is simple but Deerek really saves it from becoming too simple for its own good.

After that we get a couple business as usual tracks before we're greeted by the grand magnum opus of the album, Cowardice. This song is basically a suicide letter in music except years ahead of it's time. It's a cool but very downbeat song and that's fine to have downbeat songs, as long as it's one like here, and not all of them. And the downer mood works because the rest of the album works too. This is probably one of my favorite songs on the album just because of it's intense bridge and sad as hell lyrics. Overall it's a pretty decent album elevated by some of the best punk songs I've heard in a long time, and it's just a really fun adventure.



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yidnarc
May 19th 2013



147 Comments


almost a 5

ConsiderPhlebas
May 19th 2013



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

almost

Crymsonblaze
May 19th 2013



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

Scoot
May 19th 2013



17486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

remember the days when this had a 4.5 avg

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

average keeps going down damn

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Empty Days is down to 3.9 fuck

MrElmo
May 19th 2013



1950 Comments


Heard a few songs from this but didn't grasp why soo many people dig it, just sounded like basic modern hardcore to me

Cygnatti
May 19th 2013



20033 Comments


rules hard, but I haven't given it a good listen in a while.

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You gotta hear the whole thing as one piece that's the point

Cygnatti
May 19th 2013



20033 Comments


it's all good as long as lost ground at least has a 4.3 avg.

MrElmo
May 19th 2013



1950 Comments


Is there a concept or a structure?

Cygnatti
May 19th 2013



20033 Comments


"Is there a concept or a structure?"

lmfao

Cygnatti
May 19th 2013



20033 Comments


the real question would be: "when will they fucking not have a concept/structure?!?!"

fromtheinside
May 19th 2013



16395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Empty Days is down to 3.9 fuck"

because empty days is horrid. why would you even care

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

MrElmo
May 19th 2013



1950 Comments


the real question would be: "when will they fucking not have a concept/structure?!?!"

Haha good point

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*because empty days is better

agreed

MrElmo
May 19th 2013



1950 Comments


Still out of curiosity, what makes this album so good?

fromtheinside
May 19th 2013



16395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

treb u dumb?

thats some mondo levels of stupidity right there

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2013



5923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tracks 1-11 for me

fromtheinside
May 19th 2013



16395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

elmo if you listened to hxc a lot you'd get it




or not i don't actually know who you are



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