The Locust
Plague Soundscapes


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


The Locust:
Bobby Bray - Guitar/Vocals
Joey Karam - Keyboards/Vocals
Justin Pearson - Bass/Vocals
Gabe Serbian - Drums

Plague Soundscapes is probably the most fitting name this album could possibly have. The record's entire length comes out to 21:03, yet there are twenty-three tracks, with names such as "Anything Jesus Does I Can Do Better", "Earwax Halo Manufactured For The Champion In All Of Us", and "The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office". If this sounds pretentious, think again - if anything, the songwriting is on the far side of abstraction, constantly switching gears from crude sexual references to politics to social issues to complete and total randomness. Though the lyrical quality probably won't be an issue for most, since the vocals bring forth visions of a person in such a hysteria that their words no longer make sense and have become desperate shreiks.

If there were words to describe this album other than "plague soundscapes", they would probably be "total insanity". Few tracks make it over the minute marker, none are soft and beautiful or accessable pop music. This is technical madness at its highest scale. The vocals are scizophrenic wailing, the time signatures are constantly changing, the drums are switching from offbeat punk to unweildingly fast grind, the guitars and bass are all over the musical chart, and there are industrialized insect noises distorting the entire package.

While this would sound bad to most people, it takes about two listen-throughs (less than an hour) to find the nuances, the diamonds in the ruff that make up the record. It's the spastic and constantly shifting mood that give The Locust their edge, their trademark sound. If you have an open mind, you'll be able to pick out the chord sequences, the odd jazz/punk/metal rhythms, even the vocals, and see how they all come together to make something more than just noise pollution. While the songs do have a specific sound to all of them, they are all different once you are able to see the little things that make each one interesting; it is truly more than just pounding nonsense and crazy screaming.

Plague Soundscapes is one of those albums so abstract that it raises the bar for so many other bands that are in The Locust's field of music, such as Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Coalesce. This isn't as expirimental as others in its genre - it is an unweilding, concentrated blast of insanity, and in the end, that's what makes it the album that it is. If you like hardcore or grindcore, and you like it unrelenting, then it doesn't get much better than this.

Rating: 4/5



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cbmartinez
July 9th 2004


2525 Comments


Great Review. The Locust are frightening but rock my socks nevertheless.

SubtleDagger
July 9th 2004


737 Comments


Yeah, the first time I heard this, I thought it was frightening and completely inaccessable, but now it's one of my favorites. Thanks.

Bartender
Emeritus
July 9th 2004


826 Comments


I'm not that keen on The Locust, but I'd like to note that Anything Jesus Can Do, I Can Do Better is a fucking great song title.

Sidenote - Welcome back, away from the semi-chaos of your Pit thread.

TrailOfTragedy
July 10th 2004


11 Comments


FINALLY SOMETHING ON THE LOCUST!! Hopefully, however, your rating system is genre-specific because this album is definitely not for everyone.

SubtleDagger
July 10th 2004


737 Comments


Well, it was more of a 5/5 for me... I know everyone isn't going to like it; I don't rate on accessability. The genre isn't really what I grade on as much as my personal enjoyment of the album.

Nap
July 10th 2004


3 Comments


this band sucks!!

MakeJobsNotWar
July 10th 2004


7 Comments


i sadly dont really like this genre but i can see their skill.

Where did you go SubtleDagger?

SubtleDagger
July 10th 2004


737 Comments


My computer went bonkers. I had a thread in The Pit discussing it. Do a search.

Nice to be back, though.

40 oz 2 freedom
July 10th 2004


96 Comments


Nice, 5/5 in my book.

mabba
July 10th 2004


7 Comments


i saw em play with dillenger escape plan. mad show.

SubtleDagger
July 10th 2004


737 Comments


[QUOTE=mabba]i saw em play with dillenger escape plan. mad show.[/QUOTE]
I would kill to see that show now, but at the time of that tour I was unfortunately not aware of either band. Now they're both my favorite bands.

40 oz 2 freedom
July 11th 2004


96 Comments


[QUOTE=mabba]i saw em play with dillenger escape plan. mad show.[/QUOTE]


:jealous: Lucky ducky!!

Jellyspoon
July 11th 2004


12 Comments


i saw 'em play live with...




The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Weird non? nice joke by the YYY's. Everyone hated the Locust, apart from some devil horn salute guys and I. Then the drummer was sick in a cup and after making to throw it in the audience, poured it on himself. If only all live shows were like that...

MothEatenDeerHead213
July 11th 2004


7 Comments


i love them! hence the user name. Hahaha that reminds me theres a Spazz cd that has like 64 tracks on it.

SubtleDagger
July 11th 2004


737 Comments


[QUOTE=MothEatenDeerHead213]i love them! hence the user name. Hahaha that reminds me theres a Spazz cd that has like 64 tracks on it.[/QUOTE]Yeah, "Moth-Eaten Deer Head" is a good song, though it's not on this album. "Get Off The Cross, The Wood Is Needed" is cool, too.

MothEatenDeerHead213
July 11th 2004


7 Comments


yeah hahaha those guys are great

SubtleDagger
July 11th 2004


737 Comments


Maybe I'll review a Naked City album. Good times.

Sep
November 15th 2004


297 Comments


Very good review, Subtle. I need to check out those two songs.

LordDargon
November 15th 2004


165 Comments


They're real grind? Thought they were poser material... meh, I'll check 'em out.

Shadows
Moderator
November 15th 2004


2530 Comments


Nice work, Subtle. I've heard quite a bit about how this band is a wierd style of grind/hardcore but never thought much about checking it out. Maybe now I will.



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