Cherubs
Heroin Man


4.5
superb

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (77 Reviews)
September 14th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Loud, noisy, catchy, and emotional, Heroin Man is a listen that will not be forgotten any time soon

Noise rock is a very fascinating genre. Some bands play with their guitars out of tune. Other groups play disjointed and jagged riffs that make your ears bleed. Then their are the artists that drench their music in waves and waves of guitar feedback. Cherubs were a noise rock band from the early 90’s, and the only word I can describe them with would be unlistenable.

Well, maybe that’s not the right word to describe them. As you can see by my rating, I actually quite enjoy this record. What I meant to say was unlistenable by most people’s standards. You see, Cherubs play their music loud, and I mean loud. So loud, in fact, that the music is extremely distorted and compressed. The bass and guitars clash together so much that it’s actually pretty hard to distinguish the two, and the vocals are near impossible to understand, with the occasional exception here and there. One of the best examples would be the opener track “Stag Party”, the guitars absolutely drown each other out with Kevin Whitely yelling at the top of his lungs, frosted with a sample of a telephone ring looped over and over to the point that your ears ring. This track peaks the listener’s interest; Instead of ending the record right there and leaving the room, you end up wanting to stay and hear more.

To be honest, most of these songs have that effect on you. They thrash you around with a balanced mix of intensity and catchiness so well that you cannot help but press the replay button over and over again. This is evident by “Baby Huey”; after a hypnotic drum loop grabs your attention, the guitar (or bass) throws you off guard with an insanely catchy riff and Brent Pager’s energetic drumming leaves the listener’s instinct to bash their hands on something completely satisfied. There are, of course, a few issues with the record, manely the vocals. Whitely’s vocals get very, well, annoying after a while. You can really hear the strain in his voice whenever he tries to hit high notes, as evident by “Venus Flytrap”. However, there’s just not enough negatives to outweigh the positive. Each track is either heavy, catchy, or both. Heroin Man is a strong and solid album that will leave you on the edge of your seat every time you listen, highly recommen-Oh! But how could I forget to mention the most important detail about this album?

You see, around the time production for this record first started, Dave DeLuna, a close friend of the band, passed away due to a heroin overdose. It was, of course, an awful event for Kevin Whitley, Owen McMahon, and Brent Pager. So, to honor Dave, they dedicated this record to him and written most of the tracks about him and his passing. It has been 20 years since his passing -more or less, and after listening to this album, I’ve concluded that Dave must of been a really great guy in order for the Cherubs to write such a wonderful record like Heroin Man.



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Supercoolguy64
September 13th 2014


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah I know im supposed to wait until my other review gets off the front page, but i really wanted to do this.



Feedback is welcomed as always

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BMDrummer
September 13th 2014


13699 Comments


i think i'd like this

Supercoolguy64
September 13th 2014


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

holy crap bro your like the quickest commenter on this site lol

BMDrummer
September 13th 2014


13699 Comments


i'm prolific af

Supercoolguy64
September 13th 2014


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

your parents must be so proud of you

you're my hero

BMDrummer
September 13th 2014


13699 Comments


i'm blessed

Supercoolguy64
September 13th 2014


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the based god himself gave you his powers

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2014


4402 Comments


Noice rev, mate.

laughingman22
September 14th 2014


2575 Comments


that cover rules

Supercoolguy64
September 14th 2014


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

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someguest
September 14th 2014


27006 Comments


It's difficult to do heroin face-down in a bathtub.

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zakalwe
September 14th 2014


17041 Comments


Smack me vein, shoot it in and loose me teeth, this is great!!

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Supercoolguy64
March 2nd 2015


7525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

aw shit new cherubs album dropping tommorrow #hyped

NeroCorleone80
April 13th 2016


33649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So overlooked. This is some of the best noise rock out there

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Ashen
April 13th 2016


1220 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah this fucking rips. one of the first noise rock albums i really got into. classic



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