1 of 2 thought this review was well written
Long gone are the days when pop punk dominated global radio stations,
many of us will still remember popular acts such as Sum 41, Blink 182
and even Green Day.
Then of course there was Zebrahead, a Californian 5 piece
who split their style of playing into what could be classified as punk
From their first album to their current their sound has progressed
from steady upbeat funk melodies to more power chord driven choruses
fused with more of a screaming rap metal outfit.
What better way to open up an album then to do it with a screeching guitar.
This is a pretty standard Zebrahead song but that doesn't mean it's
bad in anyway, the high note guitar licks certainly separate themselves from
bland and ordinary. A pretty catchy song to start with.
2.I'm just here for the free beer (3.5/4)
This song is quite literally about Zebrahead not giving a duck about
politics and pumping up the volume, this is quite a standard song again
but you have to consider the execution and the energy flowing through
the band are back and they want to have fun.
3.With friends like these, who needs herpes? (4/4)
A piano intro accompanied by guitar fades into an almost a metal song
with quite a lot of guitar licks throughout. This is a lively song
with quite a strong chorus that to some will sound quite familiar as well
as the bridge, there's something nostalgic about that bit. Credit for the
awesome song title.
4.Call your friends tonight (3.5/4)
The intro again is like a Zebrahead signature sound, a pretty fun song
The (crowdy?) vocal intro is quite a popular way to drive a song these days,
most new punk albums will have at least one song like that, think Penny wise.
In case you can't already tell, this song is about getting drunk. Burrrp!
5.Murder on the airwaves (3.5/4)
This is where album the starts getting predictable as the songs go on
This however is quite an angry song
compared to the rest, it's full of angst, the part where Matty sings
"stab me in the back right in front of me" is quite well placed.
6.Public enemy number one (3.5/4)
You will notice that the intro is sung a bit lower in pitch then how
Matty usually does it, totally made me think they got someone else to sing that
bit at first. The song reminds me of Still Waiting for some reason, oh wait
it's palm muted intro and the verse with that riff during the verse.
It's got that old school sound which is pretty awesome, the solo reminisces
the palm muting combination in Alice in Chains' Them Bones, can the album rise
above this from this point?
7.Born to lose (3/4)
Nothing new here, it's kind of like they recycled the parts from Into You off MFZB
mixed with playmate of the year,
Quite a fast song yet sadly very ordinary.
8.Stick Em up Kid (3.5/4)
Another fast song, quite anthemic. At this point you will realize that not many
bands make music like this. The pre-chorus shouts are quite cool, you can tell
that Zebrehead have really done their homework and made their songs upbeat.
You have excuse to be bored.
9. Automatic (4/4)
My favourite song, it like something off Broadcast to the world. The intro/chorus
quite soothing to my ears. It sounds like Anthem but this could well be Anthem
Part 2. Also the Shortest song on the album, most of them go above the 3 minute mark.
10.Nerd Armor (4/4)
Have Zebrahead gone back to their routes? This reminds of their Yellow album days
but redefined, the guitar riff certainly gives that impression. There's like a library of
guitar pedals being used. The chorus sounds a bit like Treble Charger's Hounded Million.
11.Panic in the streets (3.5/4)
A fast song again, the presence of whooa whoo's is quite strong with this one.
Dare I say this sounds a little bit like the Offspring? The guitar solo is a lot like the
solos on all the other songs unfortunately.
12.Don't Believe the Hype (3.5/4)
It's like the solo from the last song has made its way into the intro of this one.
This is quite a powerful song with loads of Angry words from Ali the rapper
"I will wear you down" will certainly not wear you down, being the subject matter
of this song would not be fun, these guys must really hate that someone.
13.Until the sun comes up (3.5/4)
They've done it again, this is a party song. Doesn't the solo sound a bit like the
intro to I'm just here for the free beer? Perhaps I'm hearing things, they do sound
quite similar though.
14.The last call (4/4)
Ironic! isn't it!? The last song has the word "last" in it. A more punk metal sound this
time around that contrasts with the pop punk song before. I'm starting to like all those metal
bits the guys have integrated into their songs.
There you have it, not a single acoustic song and not a single dull moment, lots
of Punk, rapping and metal even. I wasn't exactly expecting much of an improvement over
Get Nice as that album already improved on the earlier releases but had many choruses that sounded
much too alike. It's quite amazing what 2 years can do to a band. The result of this is a fun, energetic album. You'd normally expect the songs to be quite short on a punk album such as this but these guys just have way too much to say, they don't keep it all in and they're a very likeable band.
This in my opinion is their best album, MFZB is really good too so I'd recommend checking that out if you haven't already.
+Upbeat, fun, energetic, fast and angry all at the same time!
+It's not a boring album and it's unlikely that you'll want to skip any of the tracks
+Lots of interesting guitar work
+It's like the best of Get Nice and MFZB mixed, bred for its skills and magic.
-Songs aren't that different from each other however you'd need to listen to this album
like 20 times in one day to have that annoy you
-Matty's vocals are quite nasally sometimes,apparently this makes some people cringe
This is my first Review.
I don't have the most serious approach to music so...