Underminded
Hail Unamerican!


4.0
excellent

Review

by weerez1391 USER (1 Reviews)
March 21st, 2006 | 20 replies | 8,141 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Underminded, hailing from San Diego, create some of the most honest, intense, and meaningful metalcore in today's scene. Unlike most new metalcore that is 99% metal, 1% hardcore, and 100% cliched, Underminded actually balances their metal and hardcore stylings pretty equally to create something relatively innovative and new. The riffs and brutality of metal collide with the breakdowns, lyrics, and intense vocal stylings of hardcore on the band's latest effort, called Hail Unamerican!. Now that you know a little bit about the sound, let's move on to the review.

From the start to the finish Hail Unamerican! is a very strong record musically. The guitar playing is solid and technical, without being overly flashy or metal. The vocals are intense, and gang vocals are interweaved with Nick, the lead singer's, gruff yell. There are even some semi-melodic vocals present in "Burn The Metropolis." The bass, while solid, hardly ever branches from playing root notes, though there are some nice fills. The drumming on this album is superb and it is one of my favorite things about the record. Drummer Wade Youman plays interesting beats that are technical and flat out cool! One of the best things about his drumming is his style of using double bass. Unlike most of the cliched modern metalcore bands that use double bass in just about every part of a song, he keeps the double bass to a minimum, making the parts that he does use them on a lot more hard hitting and intense.

Overall, this record flows really well and has a punk rock kind of vibe, with each track being as hard hitting and emotional as the one before it. There isn't a point on the record where it slows down or lets up. Although there are some songs that arent as good as others, there is a redeeming factor in every song that keeps you from skipping a track. Also, at around thirty minutes playing time, it's short enough to keep you interested the whole album. Highlights include "Pablo Escobar's Secret Stash: Revisited", "It's Kinda Like A Bodybag", "Burn The Metropolis", and "Hail Unamerican". The only negative point of the album is that some of the songs sound a little too similar. Other than that, it's an innovative record that breathes new life into the mundane metalcore scene.




Underminded is:
Matt Johnson
(Guitar/Vocals)
Nick Martin
(Lead Vocals/Guitar)
Matty O'Connell
(Guitar/Vocals)
Brandon Cardwell
(Bass/Vocals)
Wade Youman
(Drums)


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weerez1391
March 21st 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any suggestions or criticism would be appreciated. This is my first review.

cbmartinez
March 21st 2006



2525 Comments


Such an awesome album. The singer sounds exactly like Dustin from Thrice. So many sick breakdowns and just an awesome album.

weerez1391
March 21st 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's a great album. I never really noticed the similarity to Dustin before. But now that I think about it, he kinda does.

Malice
March 21st 2006



11 Comments


This is a great album, and a great review.
Well done!

santi3hg
March 22nd 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, never heard of thes guys. any place to check em out or buy the album?

weerez1391
March 22nd 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bought it at FYE. But you can buy it from their record label, Kung Fu Records

SunnyDayRealEstateAM
March 22nd 2006



58 Comments


Nice review. Good work on it. But, I don't like Underminded much.

weerez1391
March 23rd 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any particular reason?

weezer1208
March 23rd 2006



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album kicks ass. great review!

whiteminority
March 25th 2006



74 Comments


Good first review. I might actually check these guys out.

weerez1391
March 25th 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

santi3hg
March 25th 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that stuff kicks ass, i read on their website they also got their drummer from Unwritten Law. a good 4/5 for me.

weerez1391
March 25th 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I had read about that somewhere, too. I can't wait for Underminded's new cd this summer. It's gonna own!

steveXXXedge
April 18th 2006



1 Comments


probably one of our best local bands, these fools are the homies, and the album rules too

XrobXcoreX
May 19th 2006



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing live show.
they are very clean.
and have soo much energy

mattb91
April 3rd 2007



68 Comments


This an excellent hardcore album. I'm going to see this amazing band play a local show in only 4 days!!! They are great and I can't wait to see em play live

mattb91
April 3rd 2007



68 Comments


oh you all should check out the band Saints Never Surrender. highly recomended. they play with Underminded quite a bit. www.myspace.com/saintsneversurrender

cirq
June 13th 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nick martin's voice is soo angryy

fromtheinside
July 7th 2010



17714 Comments


so i heard this was good

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

HaloDude442
October 19th 2010



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is really awesome. and nice review too.



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