HORSE the band
Pizza


3.0
good

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
September 23rd, 2006 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the "Pizza EP", HORSE the band up the sarcastic wit and humor of their previous works to new heights, but also find themselves not doing anything really special. EXCEPT EATING PIZZA, AMIRITE?

HORSE the band apparently really don’t care what people think about them. Half wanting to be taken seriously, and then always wanting to be out there and generally strange, HORSE the band always made fun, catchy, and melodic punk with a synth that gave them a video game aesthetic, and occasionally went on full out Super Mario Bros. Breakdowns. Not too long ago, HORSE decided to go through on a joke and make an entire EP revolving around pizza. Thus, the Pizza EP was born.

To put it simply, this album is essentially a twenty minute joke. Every song is about pizza or a strange, and at times “scary,” take on it. They remain somewhat close to the sound they forged on R. Borlax and The Mechanical Hand, but focusing less on any real breakdowns and moreso on delivering their message: Pizza kicks ass and it will eat you if you don’t eat it first.

“Werepizza“, the longest song here, is actually a very eerie and, if not for the horribly derivative lyrics (it’s a song all about how pizza will fuck you up), would actually be quite the horror song. While the interlude halfway through the song nearly kills the album, the cries of “Beware or be aware of Pizza” is truly both a smile-inducing and sinister line. Then, after such a downright spine-chilling number, “Pizza Nif” comes in with its heavy reliance on the synths and its (admittedly tiring) want for pizza and shows that a 5 songs EP can have plenty of variety.

The production, however, really doesn’t do much good for HORSE the band here. It’s really quite bad, actually; the guitars sound scrunched in sometimes, and the drums sound hollow. Nathan's vocals are either not loud enough or too present in the mix, and the drums are far too high in the mix for how much they actually contribute to the songs. It’s most apparent in “Anti-Pizza” where its really something of a 4 minute ramble on pizza, and everything starts melding in together by the end of the song.

As a joke album, the “Pizza EP” succeeds. It’s entertaining, and the cover of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song in “T.M.N.T” is one of the coolest HORSE the band songs ever. Other than that, though, none of the tracks here are really that memorable. The barking and growling, while decent, really doesn’t fit the album at all, and kind of kills the humor even moreso than trying to make a 20 minute pizza joke already does. Given a bit more time, the EP could have been a lot better.

Wait, what the hell, it’s an EP by HORSE the band about pizza. What the hell is the point in even trying to review this seriously? If you like HORSE the band, check this out. You’ll probably enjoy it. If you don’t or have a low tolerance for cheesy humor, stay far, far away. It’s certainly an EP where the band just messes around and never means to be taken seriously, and if you take it as that, you’re more likely than not to enjoy it as well.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like my pizza plain. I'm such a boring person This Message Edited On 09.23.06

stinkypoptart
September 23rd 2006


1169 Comments


cool review. i might download some stuff by them.

Thor
September 23rd 2006


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds hilarious. I need to pick this up.

Intransit
September 23rd 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

solid work. This album is worth a chuckle but I agree about the vocals not fitting in.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 23rd 2006


3709 Comments


I'm seeing these guys tomorrow with DragonForce.

Solid review and such.This Message Edited On 09.23.06

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
September 23rd 2006


39 Comments


I was going to pick this up the other day. I've heard a few songs off it and they were great, so I'll probably look for it sometime soon.

Cravinov13
September 23rd 2006


3854 Comments


That's a lot of pizza.

The Jungler
September 23rd 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I pretty much agree with you, except you forgot to mention Anti-Pizza, which is like the best song on the record.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mentioned "Anti-Pizza" except I said it was one of the weaker tracks...

The Jungler
September 23rd 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh my mistake.
You still forgot to mention it's awesomeness.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, whenever it gains any sense of awesomeness, I will certainly mention it.

iarescientists
September 23rd 2006


5863 Comments


Pizza makes my tummy happy.

I think I may look into this, just for the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pwntendo
September 23rd 2006


70 Comments


TURTLES IN A HALF SHELL

TURTLE POWER

iarescientists
September 23rd 2006


5863 Comments


I got TMNT IV: Turtles in Time on ebay for my SNES about a month and a half ago, and it owns.

The Jungler
September 23rd 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some one has got to review that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles musical tour VHS that was released a few years ago. I refuse to watch it, so its not gonna be me.

iarescientists
September 23rd 2006


5863 Comments


^ Please, no TMNT fan is going to have enough energy to work a VHS.

Psyclone
September 24th 2006


432 Comments


Wow, this is original. Pretty good review.

TangledUpxxInPlaid
September 24th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually want to get this album so much.
It sounds awesome. XD

alexwohl
September 25th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Mechanical Hand>R. Borlax>Pizza EP

I love, love, loveeee all three albums though.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The last minute of "Werepizza" pretty much makes this whole EP. It's just so gosh darn tootin'.



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