Zomboy
The Outbreak


2.0
poor

Review

by VaxXi USER (30 Reviews)
August 4th, 2014 | 8 replies


Release Date: 08/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After five years in the electronic industry, Joshua Mellody has finally mastered the copy+paste function in Logic

Honestly I'm just lost and confused over how Zomboy could’ve ***ed up his debut album so badly. Even if Joshua Mellody’s music was never anything extraordinary. He still had the heart and skill to deliver music that was great to listen to and enjoy at it’s surface value. Which in the industry he was catering to, he did a damn good job. The Outbreak on the other hand lost its way sometime in its production. He takes every dubstep cliche in the book. Nauseating screeches, growls, out-of-place and-unmatching build up/drops, and abuses them to the point where it becomes a nuisance. In other words he ends up doing what most novice dubstep producers start off with, but what makes the two groups different is that the novices can do a better job at their work.

Every track has the same elements of Its preceding track and Zomboy even has the audacity to pull off having the exact same drop in almost every song with a few strings and notes from the build up thrown in the mix. The only time the album takes a breather from being unoriginal are with Zomboy’s new big room and trap tracks, along with a VIP mix of an earlier release. WTF!? is an excellent Big Room track that has a very nice progressive house melody in it and Nuclear (Hands Up) while only adding a more dynamic build up and a few tweaks to it’s drop. It’s a nice callback to earlier works. The Beast in the Belly on the other hand easily takes the cake for worst when Zomboy decides to abuse the ever living hell out of reverb effects. The entire track is just a continuous sequence of reverb notes, this gets annoying quickly. Besides the mentioned, none of the other tracks offer anything exciting or creative and are easily forgettable.

All in all. If there was anything positive to say about the album, it’s that the mastering is very solid and that the intro and build up melodies are very exciting and smooth. Other than that, there isn’t really anything more to say about this album besides being a disappointment. Rather this is Zomboy taking what originality he had and throwing it out the window in favor of having a lifeless generic hit or it’s simply a fluke is uncertain. Though it can be agreed that The Outbreak is yet another disappointment to chuck into the pit of terrible releases this year has provided in music.

Recommended Tracks:
Nuclear (Hands Up)
WTF!?



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VaxXi
August 4th 2014


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwYzsX8SwSM
Purchase the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-outbreak/id888825112

I need to write more positive reviews =/

adr
August 4th 2014


2945 Comments


lol Zomboy

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

thelastsignal
August 4th 2014


1370 Comments


There are quite a few issues with this in terms of mixed up punctuation; I can go into detail if you'd like feedback. The content of the review is not bad at all, it just reads very awkwardly as it is now.

VaxXi
August 4th 2014


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@signal, I would appreciate that. I sometimes have some issues with punctuation and it can make what i write awkward.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2014


3471 Comments


will not check this based on a super shitty album trailer he posted (not in terms of what it was but based on the fucking terrible music), and can give you feedback on your review if you wish

VaxXi
August 4th 2014


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Youre deff not missing much, also I would love some feedback ._.

thelastsignal
August 5th 2014


1370 Comments


"Even if Joshua Mellody’s music was never anything extraordinary. He still had the heart and skill to deliver music that was great to listen to and enjoy at it’s surface value."

-comma after extraordinary

"He takes every dubstep cliche in the book. Nauseating screeches, growls, out-of-place and-unmatching build up/drops, and abuses them to the point where it becomes a nuisance. In other words he ends up doing what most novice dubstep producers start off with, but what makes the two groups different is that the novices can do a better job at their work."
-this needs to be worked on as a whole; there are quite a few unnecessary stops here. Here is a proposed way to say it: He uses every dubstep cliché in the book; nauseating screeches, growls, out-of-place build ups/drops are abused to the point where it becomes a nuisance to listen to. In other words, he ends up doing what other novice dubstep producers start off doing, with the biggest difference being that the novices are more successful.

-'Its' needs to be lowercase in the first sentence of the second para.

-I believe that 'Big Room' is a subgenre of music (correct if I'm wrong on that; ignorant of the genre), and if so, you do not need to capitalize it.

"The entire track is just a continuous sequence of reverb notes, this gets annoying quickly."
-Replacing 'this' with the word 'which' after the comma will help this flow better.

-The all in all statement doesn't hold on its own, and it reads more naturally if you just take it out.

"Rather this is Zomboy taking what originality he had and throwing it out the window in favor of having a lifeless generic hit or it’s simply a fluke is uncertain. Though it can be agreed that The Outbreak is yet another disappointment to chuck into the pit of terrible releases this year has provided in music."
-This doesn't make much sense reading it as is, although I can understand the gist of what you're trying to say. Try re-wording this: This is Zomboy taking what originality he had and throwing it out the window. Whether he did this to appeal the masses with a lifeless and generic hit or it is simply a fluke is uncertain. Nonetheless, it can be surmised that The Outbreak is yet another disappointment to chuck into the pit of terrible releases this year has provided in music.

Also, it would benefit you to put song titles in quotes so that it's easier to differentiate the normal text from the songs. These suggestions above are just my attempt to show you how you can more naturally convey your points, so please don't take offense to how much feedback I've given.



iamSeraph
August 17th 2014


865 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha, nice review. pos'd



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